Tigers ready to earn their stripes for fans
THE finals are out of the question for Collingwood and Richmond, but there is plenty riding on their clash tomorrow night at the MCG.
It has been a season to forget for the Magpies, but having knocked off sixth-placed West Coast last week and won four of their past six matches, including a 32-point victory over premiership hope GWS, they are desperate to build on their overdue momentum in the remaining four rounds.
It is far more serious for the Tigers, however, with coach Damien Hardwick under huge pressure after four losses from their past five games and embarrassing thrashings in their past two - by 70 points against Hawthorn and 88 against GWS.
The Tigers scored a total of only eight goals in those two losses and their final score of 3.5 (23) against the Giants was their lowest in 55 years.
Richmond veteran Brett Deledio, who remains sidelined with a calf injury, says the Tigers owe their fans the opportunity to laud it over Collingwood supporters after a shattering loss to the Pies in round two.
Collingwood booted the final three goals of the match, including one with four seconds to go, to snatch the win over the hapless Tigers. "I've thought about that a couple of times, to be honest,” Deledio told RSN 927 yesterday.
"It probably has shaped our season a little bit. We lost a lot of confidence out of that, in those last five minutes a lot of things went wrong for us that we've learned a hell of a lot from.
"Hopefully this week is a different story and we're the ones kicking that (winning) goal just to see our supporters get a bit of a rev over the Collingwood supporters.”
Deledio (pictured), who has been restricted to only 11 games this season due to injury, hopes to be back for next week's clash with Geelong.
"I really want to get up for next week,” he said.
"It's Jacky boy's (Jack Riewoldt's) 200th and we haven't beaten Geelong since my second year at the club, so we owe those blokes a couple, so I'm itching to get back out there and play against those blokes.”