Ruck dilemma for Richard as Tigers consider Mabior Chol as support, Damien Hardwick offers support to Sydney Stack, Callum Coleman-Jones

“A lot of [the game] is going to be off the back of centre bounce,” Hardwick said.

“We know the significance of centre bounce at Adelaide Oval. It’s a relatively easy ground to defend so territorial battles are going to be important.”

Hardwick said Chol was developing well and he had great faith in his ability. Encouraged by his second half against the Lions after a below-par performance in the first half, Hardwick said he was confident Chol could perform as required with the Tigers thinking Nankervis would be more dynamic if given less game time.

“We will continue to invest in him … he can do some things that other players can’t,” Hardwick said.


The Tigers marked out the Adelaide Oval dimensions to train at the Gold Coast on Wednesday as they look to win at a venue they have won at just three times in eight appearances since 2017.

Although they lost to Port Adelaide there in a hard-fought round 11 match they will be bolstered by the presence of Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Dion Prestia, Bachar Houli, Jack Graham and David Astbury who did not play in that match.

Hardwick revealed he had been in touch with Coleman-Jones and Sydney Stack since the incident that saw them sent home in early September after being involved in a fight in Surfers Paradise at 3:30am.

“We’ve spoken a couple of times. We’re supportive of them as a club. We are incredibly disappointed in their actions but the fact of the matter it’s a learning opportunity for both of those boys, ” Hardwick said.

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Richmond AFL players Nick Vlastuin and Jayden Short apologise to Mabior Chol for ‘unacceptable behaviour’

The Richmond Football Club says the behaviour of two of its players towards a teammate during post-match celebrations was “unacceptable”, and not in line with club or community expectations.

Vision emerged following the Tigers’ victory over Brisbane in Carrara on Tuesday night of Nick Vlastuin grabbing at the genitals and backside of teammate Mabior Chol during the club song.

Chol appeared irritated by the behaviour and swatted his teammate’s hand away.

Another video appeared to show Jayden Short grabbing Chol’s genitals following the Tigers’ match against the Bulldogs last week in Carrara.

Both men said they had since apologised to Chol for their behaviour.

“It was a stupid action and I am deeply embarrassed,” Vlastuin said in a Richmond statement.

Short said he and Vlastuin had not set an appropriate example to Tigers supporters.

“It was unacceptable behaviour and a poor example,” Short said.

A Richmond Tigers AFL player runs with the ball in two hands during a match against North Melbourne.
Mabior Chol said he had no issue with his Richmond teammates.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Chol said he was not offended by the behaviour of his teammates.

“I have no issue whatsoever with those players, or any of my teammates, but understand that is not the sort of example we should be setting,” Chol said.

“The entire playing group have made clear this behaviour will cease,” Richmond said in the statement.

Earlier on Friday, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick ended his media conference early following questions about the incidents from Network Ten reporter Hugh Riminton.

Hardwick denied having knowledge of the incidents referred to by Riminton.

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