The team that beat Sydney by a single point appears as if it will be tinkered with very minimally ahead of travelling to Perth to take on the winless Fremantle. Two injured midfielders will be pushing for selection, provided they pass their respective fitness tests, those players being Trent Cotchin and Kane Lambert. If both were to pass their fitness tests, who is then omitted would probably come back to a couple of the youngsters. Some of the midfielders that played in the impressive 79-point victory in the VFL against North Ballarat last Saturday afternoon will also make a strong case for selection as well, namely Jacob Townsend who had 25 disposals, 17 tackles, seven clearances and kicked a goal; not to mention that he kept his opponent in Nick Rippon to just 10 disposals.
Richmond will also be looking at its defensive mix with Bachar Houli now confirmed to be sidelined for a potentially lengthy period. Given he was a late omission for the game in the previous round, Taylor Hunt came in to replace him. However, the club may not stick with him as the man to cover for the loss of Houli long term with plenty of other options to look at. Though he is already in the team at current and has played in defence in recent weeks, the man to fill the void could be Corey Ellis. The Tigers will look to put faith in the youngster, with Vice-Captain Brett Deledio backing him in. However, other options include Reece Conca who was earmarked as a half-back pre-season. He got through his first game since recovering from another hamstring injury in the VFL last Saturday, netting 22 possessions, six clearances and seven tackles; though one week in the VFL is probably not enough especially considering it is expected to be a wet night in Perth this Saturday. Running defender Jason Castagna is another option; he netted 21 possessions, four tackles and led the way for the team in handball receives (13) and kept his opponent goalless in the VFL, after being omitted for the AFL game against Sydney. It is foreseeable that Richmond may rotate different defensive options through the back six during Houli’s absence, but then perhaps they will stick with the one like an Ellis or Castagna – time will tell.
Who is in your best for 22 this Saturday night?