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Nick Vlastuin: New rule could help Tigers improve - Gracie - 05-03-2019

The new six-six-six rule could be an advantage for Richmond as they look to atone for last year's preliminary final loss to Collingwood, according to premiership defender Nick Vlastuin.

The Tigers showed their ability against Melbourne in Shepparton on Sunday to rebound quickly off half-back once they intercepted the ball, with Bachar Houli and Jayden Short using their speed to break the game open in the second and third quarters.

Nick Vlastuin likes one-on-one contests, which the six-six-six rule is expected to highlight.Credit:Jason South

Richmond had 16 running bounces compared to Melbourne's two and Vlastuin said the Tigers had the confidence and ability to turn defence into attack and they were also prepared to surge forward quickly from stoppages.

"This six-six-six might actually help us because we have got a lot of strong runners who can carry [the ball up] the ground," Vlastuin said.

The Tigers also have explosive midfielders Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Dion Prestia and Shane Edwards, who are likely to benefit from space the rule creates at centre bounces.

Champion Data has predicted that Richmond might be the team that needs to adjust their style of play the most under the new rule as the Tigers commonly set up two spare players behind the ball at centre bounces, which not only stopped the opposition from scoring but helped the Tigers surge the ball forward if they won first possession.

However Vlastuin said defenders also enjoyed the challenge of one-on-one contests and it made the game easier for players in some regards.

"I like the one-on-ones. It's when you are playing spare and you don't get to either contest ... that is when you feel like a goose," Vlastuin said.

"At least with one-on-one contests you are always kind of in it."

Richmond conceded the second fewest points last season and were the second most prolific scorers. The AFL hopes the new rule can help clubs score more.

The Tigers' defender said Richmond were still experimenting with what style of play to adopt under the new rules and he expected that to continue, with Sunday's game having thrown up some surprises.

"We're not really sure what it will look like at the end of the year," Vlastuin said.

"Maybe some coach will turn around and introduce something and everyone will be doing that."

Despite losing last year's preliminary final, the Tigers have dominated for most of the past two seasons, winning 37 of their past 49 games.

They also won their first JLT Community Series match against Melbourne - who also played in a preliminary final last year - on Sunday by 12 points.

Peter Ryan
The Age
5 March 2019 - 10.23am


https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/nick-vlastuin-new-rule-could-help-tigers-improve-20190305-p511ru.html


RE: Nick Vlastuin: New rule could help Tigers improve - ceehook - 07-03-2019

"the Tigers have dominated for most of the past two seasons, winning 37 of their past 49 games"

more please :-)


RE: Nick Vlastuin: New rule could help Tigers improve - Gracie - 07-03-2019

(07-03-2019, 12:39)ceehook Wrote: "the Tigers have dominated for most of the past two seasons, winning 37 of their past 49 games"

more please :-)

Yes

Hawthorn spent 7 consecutive years in the finals when they won three premierships in a row. except for the first year of that run they won 16+ each year.

That is our new KPI


RE: Nick Vlastuin: New rule could help Tigers improve - Vosstiger - 14-03-2019

Going to be an interesting year