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Richmond defender Dylan Grimes says Trent Cotchin, Tom Lynch incidents are ‘a storm in a teacup’

Richmond will continue playing on the edge in their AFL preliminary final against Port Adelaide despite ongoing criticism for overstepping the mark.

The Tigers were compared to Alastair Clarkson’s “Unsociable Hawks” after Tom Lynch and Trent Cotchin were penalised for separate actions during the semifinal win over St Kilda.

Cotchin drew an angry response from Saints players for his aggressive high tackle on Zak Jones and Lynch was fined for misconduct for dropping his knee into Dougal Howard’s shoulder and neck area.

But teammate Dylan Grimes said the incidents had been overplayed and forecast there will not be any change to the side’s uncompromising approach at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

“We love the brand of footy that both Trent and Lynchy played and we’re going to be trying to bring that week in week out, that physical style of Richmond football,” Grimes said on Sunday.

“Having said that, we like our players playing within the rules and not giving away any free kicks or 50m penalties where we can.

“That’s a focus of ours, but I just think it’s a bit of a storm in a teacup in some ways.”

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Grimes feels Richmond are nearing their best football after rediscovering their high-pressure and contested style of game in the convincing 31-point win over St Kilda.

Their ability to replicate that will be vital against minor premiers Port Adelaide, who smashed the Tigers around the ball when they last met, in round 11.

Richmond forward Tom Lynch lands a knee into St Kilda defender Dougal Howard.
Camera IconRichmond forward Tom Lynch lands a knee into St Kilda defender Dougal Howard. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

The Power dominated clearances, contested possession and the inside-50 count that night and Grimes admitted the scoreboard had flattered Richmond in a 21-point defeat.

“We’ve learnt a lot from that game because we tried every trick in the book that we had at that stage and they were just too good,” Grimes said.

“When that happens you’re forced to look internally about what you can do better, how you can move the ball better and defensively what you can change.

“It will be interesting to see whether those lessons pay off this week.”

Richmond, who are based on the Gold Coast this season, will fly to Adelaide on Thursday in preparation for their fourth consecutive preliminary final.

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