Richmond fired-up for rare away trip to Geelong

Oliver Caffrey |

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin was back to his best against the Bombers last time out.
Richmond superstar Dustin Martin was back to his best against the Bombers last time out.

Richmond are embarking on their first trip to Geelong since 2017 with “nothing to lose” as the Tigers attempt to capitalise on the Cats’ four-game losing streak.

After being crunched by the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions in consecutive weeks in May, Richmond were competitive in a tight Dreamtime defeat to high-flying Essendon last Saturday night.

Superstar Dustin Martin was back to his scintillating best against the Bombers and has loved feasting on Geelong in the past.

The Tigers will be without fellow gun Shai Bolton (concussion) and veteran Dion Prestia (managed) but regain premiership midfielder Jack Graham from injury.

Coach Adem Yze said the Tigers (1-10) would “play on that” when asked about taking on under-fire Geelong as massive underdogs.

“We’re going down there with nothing to lose,” Yze said.

“We haven’t played down there for a while so that’s exciting in itself. 

“We’re going to have to create our own intensity and an energy, so having nothing to lose can be a scary thing (for the opposition).”

Yze will again coach from the bench after a successful match on the sidelines against the Bombers.

“I felt like I could help the players stay engaged … if we lose momentum, how we can step back in and stay in the moment,” he said.

Geelong coach Chris Scott insisted the Cats weren’t panicking even amid his worst losing streak since starting at the club back in 2011.

The Cats have lost two successive games at GMHBA Stadium for the first time since 2015.

“I’ve actually been really happy with the last couple of weeks in the way our players have approached it,” Scott said.

“I didn’t think we were flying at the start of the year, even though the scoreline was 7-0, and I don’t think the last month has been a disaster, either.

“If we hit our straps there’s going to be a bad time to play us as well. It’s (an) uncomfortably tight (season).”