Richmond and Port Adelaide played arguably the game of the season in round 11, and Tigers defender Dylan Grimes says his side was forced to "look internally" and analyse its system following the loss.
Grimes played down the controversy surrounding Tom Lynch and Trent Cotchin. Credit:Getty Images
Speaking ahead of the Tigers preliminary final against the Power this week, Grimes said Richmond were flattered by the 21-point losing margin in round 11.
"They just countered every punch that we threw, in terms of ball movement, they just had an answer for all of our questions," Grimes said.
"I remember that feeling really clearly and we have learnt a lot from that game, I feel. That was a game where we tried every trick in the book and they were just too good.
"When that happens you're forced to look internally about what you can do better and how you can move the ball better and defensively what you can change.
"We have learnt a lot from that and it will be interesting to see whether those lessons pay off this week."
Admittedly, the Tigers were missing Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin, Dion Prestia and Bachar Houli that night, however Port were missing Connor Rozee, Brad Ebert and Steven Motlop, who kicked three goals against Geelong in the qualifying final.
Asked about the Tigers' much-discussed on-field disciplinary problems this season, Grimes said the derision was a "storm in a teacup".
"There's probably two incidents you're referring to [Tom Lynch's knee and Trent Cotchin's high tackle on Zak Jones]," Grimes told reporters. "Across a whole game you probably look at that every week and there's two incidents.
"I don't really think there's much to make of it other than we were playing the Richmond brand. I don't think other teams will look into that at all to be honest.
"Other teams, other games this week there was probably other things that happened but I am not sure why there has been so much made of this but we love the brand of footy that both Trent and Lynchy play, we are going to try bring that week in week out, that physical style of Richmond football.
"Having said that we like our players playing the rules and not giving away any free kicks and penalties where we can so that's a focus of ours
"I think it's a bit of a storm in a teacup in some ways."
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