BALL MAGNET: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats is the Brownlow favourite.
BALL MAGNET: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats is the Brownlow favourite. JULIAN SMITH

Tigers coach wants Danger, Dusty clash

RICHMOND can't make the finals, but its game against fifth-placed Geelong on Sunday may decide who wins the AFL's highest individual honour at season's end.

The Brownlow Medal favourite, Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield (pictured), is about $1.50 with most bookies, but second favourite Dustin Martin ($7) may close that gap if as expected they match up at the MCG.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick is as keen as the fans to see the contest between the pair.

"We'll let those guys go head-to-head at the start and then we might look at something if Danger gets out of control,” he said yesterday.

"But that's probably happened with every game with Danger, hasn't it?

"He's such a quality competitor. He's one of those guys who is very hard to tag, he wins contested ball inside the contest and then also post-clearance as well.”

The Tigers are playing for pride but have the incentive of ending an 11-game losing streak against the Cats.

"We've been close the last four or five times - it's been a couple of goals that have decided it, but Geelong have been an outstanding outfit for a long period of time and we're looking forward to giving our players that challenge,” Hardwick said.



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