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Richmond coach a little miffed at umpires

By Justin Chadwick 07/08/2011 09:22:50 PM Comments (0)

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick took a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the umpires after his team were on the wrong end of a lop-sided free-kick count in Sunday's 57-point AFL loss to West Coast.

In front of a parochial 38,106-strong crowd at Patersons Stadium, the Eagles won 30 free kicks to Richmond's 14, including a series of 50m penalties.

Hardwick was clearly miffed at the lop-sided nature of the free-kick count, but chose his words carefully when asked about the umpiring.

"It's amazing (but) you've got to give credit to the West Coast crowd ... they make a big noise at certain stages of the game and there's no doubt the influence they have over the people out there I suppose is significant," Hardwick said.

"So we've just got to make sure we get our Tiger home crowd to do the same thing next week against Sydney.

"I think they had nine shots on goal from free kicks.

"There's no doubt some of them were there. We've just got to get better in some of those situations."

Hardwick said midfielder Daniel Jackson was in doubt for Sunday's clash with Sydney at the MCG after injuring his leg while kicking a ball.

"He'll get assessed when his back in Melbourne," Hardwick said.

"I think he kicked (Matt) Rosa when he was kicking the ball so we're not too sure but our guys are a little bit concerned about it but we'll see what happens when he goes back to Melbourne.

Tigers spearhead Jack Riewoldt was completely blanketed by Darren Glass in the first half, but fought back with four goals in the final two quarters.

"I was happy for him," Hardwick said.

'His game last week versus Geelong was a big step forward and I think this week was another step forward, especially against a quality player.

Hardwick said morale remained high amongst the team despite six straight losses.

"They keep bouncing back and they know we're moving forward," he said.

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