RICHMOND forward Jake King is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks after straining a medial ligament in his left knee in yesterday’s bitterly disappointing loss to Adelaide by 19 points at AAMI Stadium.
But while the Crows were relieved at turning around a 33-point deficit at quarter time, they face an anxious wait until the review panel looks at two incidents involving forward Taylor Walker for the second time this season, and midfielder Richard Douglas.
Walker, who was earlier suspended for two games for a sling tackle, dumped Steven Morris with a spear-like tackle – head and shoulder first to the ground – early in the last quarter.
Although unhurt, Morris immediately reacted to the treatment by Walker, yet, remarkably, was penalised with a free kick against for holding the ball.
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson agreed with the free kick.
”I think we will wait and see what happens, but just live, I thought it was a fantastic tackle,” Sanderson said. ”I know the Richmond player bounced up and kept playing. I know we have to be aware of any head contact with the ground, and I think if you asked Taylor, he says he has learnt his lesson on that one. I will have to wait and see a replay, but I hope for the good of the game that he’s OK.”
The Douglas incident appeared more careless than deliberate. He ran into Richmond’s Alex Rance head-on late in the third quarter.
Adelaide also has injury concern with captain Nathan van Berlo, who was subbed at half-time. He spent most of the second term on the bench when he complained of blurred vision following a heavy knock. He also appeared hampered by a leg problem. While the Crows have intensified the pressure for the top-four places, Richmond missed a golden opportunity to jump into the eight for the first time this season.
Coach Damien Hardwick said he was disappointed and angry with the loss.
”I thought we had our chances,” he said. ”The last quarter, there were a number of one-on-one contests, and Adelaide were harder than us. There is still a lot of footy to go. No one has really got the jump on everyone else.
”We certainly had an opportunity today, especially the way we started the game. But Adelaide, to their credit, came back and played some pretty good footy to get over the top of us. We just didn’t make the most of our opportunities. We had 10 more inside-50s and just couldn’t get the scoreboard result. It has been a common trend over the last couple of weeks.
”In the last quarter, their contested ball numbers went through the roof, and that was the game. We couldn’t get the contest on our terms. We kept losing contests and kept going to ground.”
But Hardwick has certainly not lost faith in his much-improved side. ”You have got remember, they’re a bloody good side,” he said. ”They’re a good footy club – they have only lost three games.
”To come over here, at least we had a crack. But to lose the way we did towards the end of the game was really disappointing. We just couldn’t win any contests.
”We had more inside-50s, more forward half turnovers, a lot of stats were going our way. We realise it’s the development area of our structure. We have just got to make sure we keep working on that and get those guys better.”
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