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Tigers seek to overcome AFL mental hurdles

Mounting cases of “Richmond killing Richmond” have prompted Damien Hardwick to reconsider his players’ mental preparation ahead of the AFL crunch clash with Fremantle.

The Tigers enter Friday night’s contest at Marvel Stadium having suffered three narrow defeats in their last four matches, by a combined margin of just nine points.

Missed opportunities in front of goal proved particularly costly in the after-the-siren loss to Gold Coast and last week’s shock upset at the hands of North Melbourne.

The adverse results have left Richmond clinging to eighth spot with five rounds remaining.

“Execution in front of the big sticks is something that’s deserted us,” Tigers coach Hardwick told reporters this week.

“Some of that’s technique and the ability to find a target but most of the time it’s just the pressure of the scoreboard.

“We spoke to the players about that, the anxiety that the scoreboard…


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