Cronulla Sharks star Matt Moylan on path to injury redemption as he looms as five-eighth option for coach John Morris in Shaun Johnson’s absence


“[But] I never thought about stopping playing or being near the end. I am still pretty confident in what I can do ability wise, but I’ve got to nail down my training so I have enough strength in my leg.

“I need [a big pre-season] after not being able to string many games together this year.”

Matt Moylan is an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney.

Moylan’s return looms as a pivotal one for coach John Morris, who is likely to be without New Zealand international Johnson for the opening months of the season.

Johnson ruptured his Achilles in the penultimate match of the regular season and is also a free agent given he’s in the final year of his contract.

Moylan could be given first crack alongside Chad Townsend in the halves as long as he can stay healthy through summer, even working on his running technique with sprint guru Roger Fabri.

It’s something I want to keep working on and hopefully it helps me string a few games together and play with some confidence

Matt Moylan

“I’ve been working on the mechanics of my running and technique,” Moylan said.

“I felt like I was starting to move well after a few sessions with him.

“It’s something I want to keep working on and hopefully it helps me string a few games together and play with some confidence.

“Obviously with Shaun being down there’s an opportunity there for someone to play six. My focus at the moment is just trying to get the body right. If I can get that right then I’ll worry about where I play after that. I’ve got to have that mindset.”

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Moylan visited Ronald McDonald House on the eve of McHappy Day, which last year raised $5.9 million for the charity.

The former Origin representative said he gets “an enormous amount of satisfaction” out of interacting with kids who have been diagnosed with a serious illness.

“We’re trying to put a smile on their faces during a hard time,” Moylan said. “It’s a big time for the House and hopefully they can raise a lot of money [on the weekend].”

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Livingston 0-0 Rangers: Hosts claim point despite Lyndon Dykes absence


Borna Barisic almost gave Rangers the lead late on

Livingston halted Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers’ 100% record as Steven Gerrard’s side missed the chance to go eight points clear of Celtic.

With their city rivals idle, Rangers had the chance to push further clear but were frustrated by an obdurate Livingston performance.

Max Stryjek made a stunning save from a Borna Barisic free-kick and Ryan Kent twice came close for the visitors, but the point was enough to return Rangers to the summit ahead of Hibernian on goal difference.

Livingston, without striker Lyndon Dykes sidelined after a club-record bid was accepted, claimed an unlikely second point of the season.

They even came close to snatching more, when Craig Sibbald almost caught out Rangers keeper Jon McLaughlin with an audacious attempt from his own half.

Rangers’ frustration was felt from early on when referee Nick Walsh decided there had been no infringement after Kent’s shot appeared to strike the arm of Jon Guthrie in the Livingston box.

Kent tried to take matters into his own hands with a run and shot from the left that was dealt with by Stryjek, who had replaced on-loan Rangers keeper Robby McCrorie.

The introduction of Brandon Barker and Kemar Roofe did little to unsettle the home side, who lost Marvin Bartley to injury before the hour, and Alfredo Morelos made way for Cedric Itten after nodding over.

In one of few forays forward, Sibbald spotted an opportunity to catch McLaughlin off his line and the midfielder’s almighty chip was palmed away gratefully by the goalkeeper.

Barisic had opened the scoring in the midweek win over St Johnstone with a free-kick and was given another chance after Jason Holt fouled Glen Kamara, but Stryjek got his hand to the shot before the home team scrambled clear.

One further clear opening came Rangers’ way with Kent getting into a shooting position on the edge of the box but he curled wide.

Man of the match – Jon Guthrie

Both of Livingston’s centre-backs excelled but Guthrie led the back four admirably

What did we learn?

With Dykes’ exit imminent, the role of bustling centre-forward will fall on Jack Hamilton and the 20-year-old caused the Rangers defence problems in the first half even with limited service.

Livingston’s defensive unit was much more reminiscent of last season, dealing with countless dangerous balls into the area as Gary Holt’s side secured their second draw in four games.

Rangers had the kind of dominance in possession they enjoyed in their previous three league matches but it did not translate into pressure until the second half.

Swedish defender Filip Helander, making his first start of the season, looked uncomfortable on the artificial surface after coming in for the injured Leon Balogun. However, Rangers remain the only side in the top flight yet to concede a goal.

What did they say?

Livingston deserved clean sheet – Holt

Livingston head coach Gary Holt: “I think you’ve got to praise big Jack Hamilton, who came in and started in attack, didn’t know he was playing until late. I was delighted with him.

“It’s hard work, it’s tough, especially against a very good Rangers side, who were relentless coming forward. I think we stood the test and deserved a clean sheet.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told Sky Sports: “We kept getting into the right areas of the pitch but we just lacked that bit of quality in the final third.

“The reality is we didn’t test their keeper enough in the first 45 minutes considering it was his debut. As a team we know what we are doing by now, so we’ve got ourselves to blame in terms of not having the answers today in the final third.”

What’s next?

Rangers host Kilmarnock on Saturday, while Livingston visit Aberdeen the following day.





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Textile fibres can be transferred between clothing in the absence of contact 


Forensic experts have revealed for the first time that textile fibres can be transferred between two pieces of clothing without them touching. 

In small, compact and semi-enclosed spaces such as inside a lift, contactless transfer of fibres between garments can take place through the air. 

In experiments using florescent clothing fibres and UV light, UK researchers demonstrated fibre transfer between two people without physical contact.  

The findings have not been demonstrated before and could have major implications for fibre evidence in certain criminal cases. 

Discarded fibres from a guilty suspect’s clothes are frequently used in courtrooms as proof that they were in physical contact with a victim, including in the murder trials of Stephen Lawrence and Joanna Yeates. 

The new research shows that in other cases, some innocent suspects who left fibre traces may only have been in close proximity with a victim and may not have had physical contact with them.  

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Textile fibres can, under certain circumstances, be transferred between clothing in the absence of contact

‘The results of the study were remarkable,’ said Dr Kelly Sheridan, who led the research at Northumbria University. 

‘It not only proved that textile fibres can transfer between garments in the absence of contact, but they can do so in relatively high numbers.’

Because it has largely been assumed that fibre transfer only occurs when two surfaces touch, it is generally accepted in a case that two surfaces have been in contact at some point.

The team’s recent experiments tracked the airborne transfer of fluorescent fibres between clothing. 

Two people had these fibres attached to either jumpers, long sleeved tops and fleeces that they were wearing and stood in opposite corners of an elevator. 

Researchers used fluorescently tagged fibres (pictured in green under UV light) to track their airborne transfer between clothing

Researchers used fluorescently tagged fibres (pictured in green under UV light) to track their airborne transfer between clothing

The elevator operated as normal and non-participants of the study entered and exited as usual. 

The surfaces of the clothing were then photographed using UV-imagery techniques to determine the number of fibres that were transferred from one person to the other. 

When certain conditions were met, such as enough time, garment types that are prone to shredding fibres and a close-proximity setting, airborne transfer of fibres can occur, the team say. 

By matching fibres at the scene of a crime to items belonging to a suspect, investigators are able to place individuals at a crime scene

By matching fibres at the scene of a crime to items belonging to a suspect, investigators are able to place individuals at a crime scene

WHAT IS A FIBRE?

The FBI identifies fibre as the smallest unit of a textile material that has a length many times greater than its diameter.

More than half the fibres used in the production of textiles are synthetic, and include nylon, rayon, and polyester. 

Identifying rare or unusual fibres at a crime scene has increased in significance, as it may place a suspect at the scene of the crime.

Fibres are gathered from a crime scene using tweezers, tape, or a vacuum.

Once fibres are collected, they are brought to a lab and then placed under a microscope, where they are compared against fibres from a suspected source. 

Source: Crime Museum 

This airborne transfer could be in potentially significant numbers for fibre types such as cotton and polyester. 

As many as 66 and 38 fibres were observed in the experiments involving cotton and polyester donor garments, compared to 2 and 1 fibres in those involving acrylic and wool donor garments, respectively. 

Textile fibres are one of forensic sciences’ fundamental evidence types and have been pivotal in solving some of the UK’s most notorious crimes, including the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993. 

By matching fibres at the scene of a crime to items belonging to a suspect, investigators are able to place individuals at a crime scene. 

In 2011, textile fibres, blood and hair linked to Stephen Lawrence were found on clothing seized from the men who were found guilty of his murder.  

Fibres also provided key evidence in the murder of Joanna Yeates in 2010 and the Ipswich serial killings in 2006. 

These circumstances offer a ‘baseline’ for forensics researchers to evaluate the likelihood of an alleged activity leading to contactless transfer of fibres. 

The next step in the research will be finding out how exactly the fibres are transferred with direct contact.  

‘This research shows that airborne transfer is viable in a number of case scenarios despite previous beliefs and could explain the presence of fibres on a variety of surfaces,’ said study co-author Dr Matteo Gallidabino.

‘What is equally, if not more, important, is how that fibre was transferred from one surface to another.’

Dr Ray Palmer, former senior lecturer in forensics at Northumbria University and study co-author, has given evidence at numerous high-profile trials, including that of the Ipswich serial killings and the Claremont serial killings in Western Australia.

 The Claremont serial killings took place between 1996 and 1997, although a suspect was only brought to trial in November last year and is still to be sentenced. 

Stephen Lawrence, pictured, was killed in a racist attack back in April 1993. Although two men were convicted of killing Stephen in 2012, the remainder of a gang of at least five white youths involved in the attack are now unlikely to ever face prosecution

Stephen Lawrence, pictured, was killed in a racist attack back in April 1993. Although two men were convicted of killing Stephen in 2012, the remainder of a gang of at least five white youths involved in the attack are now unlikely to ever face prosecution

‘This study was designed so that the experimental parameters were as conducive to contactless transfer as possible, whilst still maintaining a real-life scenario,’ said Dr Palmer.

‘Since there is a paucity of published studies relating to contactless transfer, the results obtained from this study will be useful to forensic practitioners as a baseline, in evaluating how likely it is that a proposed activity or case circumstance has resulted in contactless transfer.’

The study has been published in Forensic Science International.  

UK forensics researcher Professor Ruth Morgan at University College London has previously highlighted the dangers of misinterpreted evidence – and how easily traces can spread from an innocent person to a crime scene. 

Research led by UCL revealed 22 per cent of criminal evidence at the Court of Appeal in 2018 may have been misinterpreted. 



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North Melbourne’s Majak Daw to make AFL return after almost two-year absence


North Melbourne’s Majak Daw will cap off a remarkable comeback when he plays his first AFL match after an almost two-year absence this weekend.

The Kangaroos have confirmed the defender will be picked for Saturday’s round-nine match with Adelaide in Carrara.

Daw has had to overcome serious setbacks since his last AFL appearance in round 23, 2018, most notably hip and pelvic injuries suffered in a fall from the Bolte Bridge in December of that year.

He had two 15-centimetre-long metal rods inserted in each of his hips and his rehabilitation involved him learning how to walk and run again.

He made his return to playing duties last July when the Kangaroos’ VFL team faced Sandringham in the second-tier competition.

After North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell announced Daw’s inclusion at training on Wednesday, the Kangaroos players mobbed the 29-year-old to celebrate.

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“One of our own has been through a pretty substantial period in his life,” Ziebell said.

“This feat that’s he’s going to achieve this weekend is going to be one of the great stories in AFL footy.”

Daw was on track to play in round one against St Kilda, but was ruled out with a minor cold as a precaution because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were fears Daw’s season might be over when he tore a pectoral muscle in May in a gym accident.

But he was lucky to avoid surgery and has impressed since at training and during scratch matches in Queensland.

Selected by North Melbourne in the 2010 rookie draft, Daw has played 50 AFL matches and kicked 40 goals.

Majak Daw (L) and Nathan Vardy await a throw in in the Kangaroos versus Eagles match in Hobart.
Daw (left) produced solid form for the Kangaroos during the 2018 AFL season.(AAP: Rob Blakers)

He was used as a permanent defender in 2018 and enjoyed a career-best season in which he made 18 senior appearances.

Daw moved with his family to Australia in 2003 and became the first Sudanese-born player to play in the AFL when he made his debut with the Kangaroos in 2013.

The Kangaroos’ encounter with the Crows on Saturday is part of the AFL’s compressed schedule, which will see 33 matches played across 20 consecutive days.

Meanwhile, the AFL confirmed the Kangaroos’ round-11 fixture against Melbourne on August 9 will be moved to Adelaide.

The AFL was forced to shift the match from Hobart after the Tasmanian Government announced an extension of its border restrictions last Friday.

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Leeds back in big time after 16-year absence



Soccer Football – Championship – Leeds United fans celebrate promotion to the Premier League – Elland Road, Leeds, Britain – July 17, 2020 Leeds United players celebrate promotion to the Premier League outside Elland Road REUTERS/Molly Darlington

July 17, 2020

(Reuters) – Leeds United returned to the Premier League after a 16-year absence on Friday as West Bromwich Albion’s loss at Huddersfield Town guaranteed them a top-two finish in the Championship.

A huge favour from Leeds’ Yorkshire neighbours, who won 2-1, meant the celebrations could start in earnest at Elland Road.

The club’s Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani will also be toasting promotion which is worth an estimated 170 million pounds.

Leeds have 87 points with two games remaining, five more than second-placed West Brom who slumped to defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday and have one game left.

Leeds are six points ahead of third-placed Brentford, who have also played 44, and a point from their last two matches will ensure Marcelo Bielsa’s team rejoin the elite as champions.

They could even claim the second-tier title on Saturday if Brentford fail to win at Stoke City.

“It’s unbelievable and it’s still not properly sunk in,” captain Liam Cooper told the BBC. “Our club, our fans and our players have sacrificed so much — we’ve been in the doldrums for 16 years.

“To be part of this team and to lead this team to promotion back to where we know we’ve always belonged is unbelievable.

“We deserve it — we’ve been the best team all season on a consistent level and we’ve got the job done. We set out to get promoted and now we want to go and be champions and lift that trophy.”

SWEET SUCCESS

The success will be doubly sweet for Leeds who missed out on promotion last season in the playoffs despite looking favourites for automatic promotion for much of the campaign.

It also comes less than a week after the death of one of the club’s greatest players — England World Cup-winning centre-half Jack Charlton.

Three times English champions, Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 after hitting financial trouble and being forced to sell a host of big-name players such as Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer.

The problems were only just starting though and after three years in the Championship they slipped to the third tier and into administration with the future of the club in doubt.

While they eventually regained their place in the Championship in 2010 they never really challenged for promotion until the enigmatic Bielsa took charge in 2018.

They have been transformed under the former Argentina coach and can now look forward to renewing old rivalries with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Former skipper Dominic Matteo, who was part of the Leeds side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001, paid tribute to the 64-year-old Bielsa.

“This is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” Matteo told Sky Sports. “Bielsa and the team have been incredible. Everything they have done from start to finish has been done the right way.

“What Bielsa has brought to this football club has been outstanding. He’s got a bit of magic and you can see the passion in his body. He brings the best out of everyone and makes every player better. All credit to him and his staff.”

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Additiona reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)





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Boob job nightmare behind Charlotte Flair absence


Ten-time WWE women’s champion Charlotte has explained she is undergoing surgery to fix a cosmetic issue from a previous boob job.

The 34-year-old was written off WWE television last month in a storyline attack by Nia Jax.

While it was believed Flair needed time off to heal from an arm injury, Flair has since revealed the truth.

The former SmackDown women’s champ revealed back in 2018 that she suffered silicone poisoning from her breast implants.

Flair opted to choose the fastest recovery time possible then only for the same issue to come back a few months ago.

In a lengthy series of tweets, she wrote: “My airconditioning is broken, and we have a little free time. These tweets may be spaced out a bit, but we’re going to talk time off, plastic surgery and boobs. The entire world having an opinion on the topic bothers me more than I care to let on, so we are going to discuss it. Picture it. Charlotte, North Carolina, 2018. A young queen, shortly after a career defining WrestleMania victory, finds herself sicker than sick at her brother’s house.

“A trip to the doctor tells us the likely culprit is silicone poisoning, and that my implant had been leaking for quite some time. It was one of the worse cases the doctor had seen. At that time, I had a few options to fix the issue. Each option had a specific recovery time. I love this job more than anything, so I picked the option that allowed me to return the soonest. That was the choice I made. Fast forward to a few months ago. Something felt off, so I went back to the doctor. Same issue again.

“This time, I’m going with an option that I believe will solve the issue long time, even though the recovery period is a little longer than I would like. To clarify: I do not have silicone poisoning this time. The surgery is cosmetic to fix an issue from a prior surgery. I’ll be back when I’m ready. The body will be rested, and the mind still focused on legacy. Focused on the job, Focused on being better, Always being better.”

Flair, who is engaged to fellow WWE star Andrade, later agreed with a fan that she didn’t owe anyone an explanation on her plastic surgery.

She added: “You’re absolutely right; I do not owe anyone a thing. But I will not allow people to think I’m somehow ashamed of it for even a second longer.”

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How realtors are giving virtual home tours in the absence of open houses during the pandemic


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“I’ve been doing this for 47 years,” says Tom MacDonald. “I started when something electronic was the acceptance of a contract with a telegram.”

MacDonald heads up his own realty group in California’s Central Valley, and like most realtors, his business in recent months is depending on technology more than ever before. Jurisdictions across the U.S. have responded to the coronavirus with an array of restrictions, including a total ban on traditional open houses in California.

So in the absence of baked-cookie scents and mingling strangers, MacDonald and other realtors are turning to tools that help them show off houses online. This allows for more immersion than was possible just a few years ago, and makes it easier and less expensive for realtors to put a property’s best foot forward.

These new tools include so-called “virtual staging,” in which images of a property have lifelike decor added to them digitally using 3D modeling and Photoshop. They also increasingly include digital walkthroughs of various kinds, verging on full-blown virtual reality. And while many serious buyers still want to see the property in person before signing on the dotted line, realtors and entrepreneurs believe the new marketing tools will stick around well after coronavirus pandemic is under control.

“Because a lot of open houses and conventional staging companies were not operational during the lockdown … we were actually busier,” says Young Kim, cofounder of Vancouver-based Bella Staging.

Bella specializes in virtual staging, the digital evolution of the common practice of temporarily redecorating a house to impress potential buyers. But instead of renting real furniture and hiring movers to haul it in, which can cost into the thousands of dollars, Bella adds furniture to photos of an empty house using digital wizardry. According to Kim, his team of designers and photo editors can virtually stage an entire house for under $100.

The decor in this room is almost entirely computer-generated—just one example of how technology is helping sell homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bella Staging

That occasionally leads to confusion. “There’ve been times our clients have had offers on a property, and the buyers wanted the [virtual] furniture included,” says Kim—but for the most part, clients understand that virtual staging is an exercise of imagination. “We help paint the picture of what it can be.”

Another digital tool that has seen a surge in relevance is the virtual walkthrough, which gives potential buyers a more immersive sense of the space. At the very high end, those can be built as full-blown virtual reality experiences using a 3D-rendered simulation. But more common (and affordable) are walkthroughs created using 360-degree photos.

“It gives you a feel for the place. How big it is, what’s the layout,” says Bartek Drozdz, cofounder of Kuula, whose core product he describes as “like Powerpoint for virtual tours.” Users take their own photos, then use Kuula to arrange them into an immersive home-tour experience. (One downside is that Kuula doesn’t allow for the addition of virtual decor, instead capturing a house’s real-life appearance.)

Drozdz says he’s seen a significant uptick in interest and web traffic during the pandemic. But growth at Kuula was steady for years before the coronavirus hit, and Drozdz sees lockdowns as accelerating a longterm change in homebuying, rather than a temporary shift. That’s because of a simple reality: even in normal times, open houses aren’t always an efficient way to shop for a home.

“In L.A., with the traffic, you have to drive for an hour to see a house you don’t like the moment you walk in,” says Drozdz. While sites like Zillow have been shifting more of the homebuying process online for well over a decade, immersive experiences take that to the next level.

MacDonald agrees: “I think this will change longterm how homes are sold. People are becoming very comfortable with sitting in their living room, using their Apple TV to look at real estate.” MacDonald says most shoppers do still want to see their new home in person before committing to a purchase, but the new tools give added confidence to some, such as cross-country movers, who snap up properties without ever setting foot in them.

Thanks in part to these digital tools (but also a lot of help from record-low mortgage rates), the real estate business overall appears to be holding up during the pandemic. In May, according to the National Association of Realtors, contract signings were off just 5.1% compared to the year before. That’s a minor drop compared to many sectors of the economy.

In fact, with supplies tight, U.S. home prices have actually gone up on average in recent months. Combined with job losses and economic uncertainty, that might make it tough for some people to buy a new home, even as stay-at-home orders have highlighted the shortcomings of their current one.

“Almost everybody during this pandemic is learning how their space isn’t working for them,” says Sally Huang, who directs visual technologies for online home design community Houzz. The site offers an online visualization tool called “View in my Room” that lets shoppers virtually check the size and style of furniture against their living space.

So whether you’re on the hunt for a new house to love, or trying to love the house you’re in, you can do more of that work online than ever before.

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Dustin Martin’s absence not to blame for Richmond loss to Hawthorn, says Tigers coach Damien Hardwick


Coach Damien Hardwick has warned Dustin Martin won’t be Richmond’s panacea as the struggling Tigers expect to welcome back their biggest star against St Kilda next week.

With Martin sidelined with bruised ribs, the Tigers were held to just five goals for the second straight week in a 32-point defeat to Hawthorn on Thursday night.

It left the reigning premiers winless from two games since the season restart after a dour draw with Collingwood in round two.

Slow starts have hurt Hardwick’s side, which has gone goalless in first quarters against the Hawks and Magpies and laid only nine tackles in the first half against Hawthorn.

Hardwick declared Martin a highly probable inclusion against St Kilda in round four but said his underperforming team needed a lift across the board.

“You take one of the best players, if not the best player in the league, out of your side and you’d prefer to have him than not,” Hardwick said.

“But the reality is there’s 22 other players that play our way, they just didn’t play well enough tonight.

“He’s a very important player, don’t get me wrong, but our expectation is that our players that pull on the jumper play a hell of a lot better than they did tonight and I’ve got to coach them better as well.”

A Hawthorn AFL player kicks the ball against as he is being chased by a Richmond player at the MCG.
Hawthorn outsmarted and outplayed the Tigers on Thursday night.(AAP: Michael Dodge)

Martin has been incredibly durable over the course of his decorated career, with Thursday night’s match just the eighth AFL game he has missed in 10 seasons.

The 28-year-old has played 226 of the Tigers’ 233 matches since making his AFL debut in round one of the 2010 season.

He hurt his ribs in an intra-club match before round two and carried the injury into the Collingwood clash before being rested.

“We think he’s highly probable next week,” Hardwick said.

“He was touch and go this week but we made the call just to get it right.

“We don’t want it to be nagging him for another two to three weeks.”

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Dusty’s absence not the reason for loss to Hawthorn: Tigers coach Hardwick


Hardwick disagreed with the suggestion that the Tigers’ performances dropped significantly without Martin.

“I wouldn’t say that, like we didn’t have the majority of our playing list for the start of last year and you take one of the best, if not the best player in the league out of a side, you’d prefer to have him than not,” he said.

“The reality is there’s 22 other players that play our way, who just didn’t play well tonight. Dustin’s just one player. He’s not the Richmond Football Club. He’s a very important player, don’t get me wrong. But our expectation, the club expectation is our players who pull on the jumper play a hell of a lot better than they did tonight. I’ve got to coach them better as well.

“I know what you’re saying, but I think it’s a long bow to draw.”

Hardwick acknowledged Martin’s teammates walked taller with him in the side. “Yeah absolutely, that’s what the very best players in the competition do, you feel better about life, there’s no doubt.

It was a tough night for the Richmond coach.

It was a tough night for the Richmond coach.Credit:Getty Images

“But the fact of the matter is, other players have to step up. It happened this week and it will happen again in the future – there’s no doubt.

“We just had too many players today who were well below their best, you’re not going to win many games of football when that’s the case.”

Hardwick called the performance – in which the Tigers trailed by 32 points both at quarter-time and half-time – “un-Richmond-like” and marked by poor execution.

“Defensively we were pretty solid last week. This week, we probably, in all facets of the game, I thought we weren’t terrific. That’s taking nothing away from Hawthorn, I thought they were very good, but I was just disappointed in the way we played. You know, we pride ourselves on a number of things that we do. But none of those things really shone out tonight.”

Hardwick said their poor starts – they conceded the first five goals to the Hawks after giving up the first four in their draw against Collingwood – were disappointing, and that they had failed to stick tackles.

“It wasn’t so much – the pressure was there, but we just missed tackles. They broke through. The number of times we had them, I thought stark, and they managed to get that ball out and that ball forward. That was disappointing, certainly it’s not to our level of expectation for sure.”

The coach said the Tigers had given up easy goals to free kicks (Hawthorn booted six from frees). “We’ve just got to nullify those, those easy goals you give opposition…to give up easy scores like that, it’s really demoralising.

“Look, we’ve got to look at something, it’s not working for us at the moment. You know, same sort of thing, we’re not doing anything that’s dissimilar from last year. But we’ve got to re-invigorate and find something that’ll get us up and going.

“Once again, a lot of things that we’re not executing are in our control. You know, the opposition’s the opposition, but we still pride ourselves on the way we play and we’re just not doing it.

“You know, that’s on me as a coach and the players stepping up and performing what we’re designed to do. At the moment we’re well short of that.

“Do we want to be playing our best footy now? No. Do we need to play a hell of a lot better? Absolutely. We’re well off it at the moment.”

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