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Tigers maul Hawks

By Roger Vaughan 26/04/2003 06:43:43 PM Comments (0)

Richmond is celebrating the greatest comeback in the AFL club's history but questions are again being raised about Hawthorn's mental strength.

The Tigers' 20-point win over the Hawks at the MCG came after a five-day break, while the Hawks had seven days to prepare.

Richmond coach Danny Frawley called on the AFL to improve its fixturing, but had nothing but praise for his players after the 18.7 (115) to 14.11 (95) result, their fourth win in a row.

The Jekyll-and-Hyde match left a damaging injury toll, with Richmond full-forward Matthew Richardson straining his hamstring and Hawthorn ruck-forward Peter Everitt suffering a fractured cheekbone.

"It was a really emotional win for the club, one of the best wins I've been involved in, if not the best win other than a final," Frawley said.

"To do that after a five-day break when things weren't going for us early, I couldn't be more proud of those 22 blokes out there today.

"We're quite happy with the five-day break, as long as the opposition haven't got extra two days.

"I think the AFL need to look at the fixturing...it's a hard ask as a coach to put our boys out onto the paddock after five days, it really is."

Everitt's injury in the second term, after a ruck contest with Richmond ruckman Greg Stafford, badly hurt the Hawks and will undoubtedly be the subject of a video review.

Stafford could also be in trouble after a clash in the last term left Hawk Nick Stone with slight concussion.

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