Tigers need to be more consistent: Cotchin

Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin insists his team just needs a “tidy up” rather a major overhaul ahead of their AFL clash with Geelong on Saturday.

Cotchin said he couldn’t disagree with Tigers’ coach Damien Hardwick’s stinging post-match assessment of their “insipid” 32-point loss to Melbourne last round.

“You never want to disappoint your coach, especially on behaviours we respect really highly in our club,” Cotchin said on Monday.

“The great thing about our group is that we’re pretty aware of whether we’re disappointing or not.

“We’ll challenge each other as a playing group to make sure our performance is more consistent.”

Cotchin said the lack of consistency was his team’s biggest concern and something they needed to improve to match the competition’s best sides.

“It’s just tidying up a few things we know we can do and in the past we’ve shown we’re capable of,” he said.

“It’s just a matter of doing it consistently.”

He rated a battle with the wounded Cats as one of the toughest tests in the competition, with Geelong coming off a 16-point loss to the Kangaroos.

The Tigers haven’t beaten Geelong since 2006.

“There’s no bigger challenge than facing Geelong who had a loss,” Cotchin said.

“They will be looking to play some good footy so we need to have a really positive week on the track.”

Star midfielder Brett Deledio is unlikely to play against the Cats as he battles a calf injury, although is expected to train this week.

Tall forward Ben Griffith also has a calf complaint.

Cotchin said he felt for debutant Nathan Drummond, whose season is over after a serious knee injury.

“It’s horrible to see a kid who’s worked really hard come in and play a quarter a half and do a serious injury where it looks like he’s going to miss a fair chunk of footy,” he said.

“We’ve got to help him find the positives in having an injury at such a young age and the lessons you can learn from that.”

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