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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Dusty should be 'disappointed' with coach


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Dustin Martin should be "disappointed" in Richmond coach Damien Hardwick's "poor" reaction to the tagging he copped from GWS's Matt de Boer, says AFL great Nathan Brown.

Martin cut a frustrated figure as he was heavily marked by de Boer in a blowout win for the Giants on Saturday, with his contribution limited to just 15 disposals. The Brownlow Medallist gave away a free kick at one stage for an elbow on an opponent, about 100m off the ball.

"Why do you reckon he might give away that free kick? At the end of the day, blokes come to watch the No.4 play," Hardwick said.

"Let the bloke play the game," he added. "Protect the ball-carrier, is what I'm saying. Don't get me wrong, De Boer did a terrific job, but geez. I'm certainly frustrated, I'd be interested to see what the umpiring fraternity says about it."

Brown said on The Sunday Footy Show that if he was Martin, he'd be unimpressed about his coach calling for him to be protected.

"A poor excuse, I would have thought. I'd be disappointed if I was Dustin Martin watching my coach defend my like that," Brown said.

"Because he needs to work through that. He's a wonderful player, Dustin Martin. Take him to the goal square, do something.

"He shouldn't be given any special treatment. Damien Hardwick is way off the mark on that one."

Hardwick went on to say that he was disappointed his Tigers side wasn't offering more help to Martin. On that point, Brown agreed; referring back to a "passenger list" he drew up for the Richmond side.

The list, aired on Wednesday night's The Footy Show, included Dion Prestia, Brandon Ellis, Jason Castagna, David Astbury, Kane Lambert, Dan Butler, Kamdyn McIntosh and Jack Graham. Only Prestia and Lambert were given q pass mark for their effort against GWS.

"How good a ride some Richmond players have had on the back of some superstars," Brown said.

"Now [Alex] Rance is out, now [Jack] Riewoldt's out, now [Trent] Cotchin will be out ... I said these eight players were the ones I expected to step up and fill the void, and they needed to play some really good footy. I only gave two a tick yesterday, two out of the eight.

"Prestia was good, Lambert I think will become their No.1 midfielder this year. Those other guys there, they need to lift.

"They're senior players who can have an influence in the game and they're the ones that, Richmond, if they're going to play finals or even deep into September, those guys there, they need to lift."

Dustin Martin should be "disappointed" in Richmond coach Damien Hardwick's "poor" reaction to the tagging he copped from GWS's Matt de Boer, says AFL great Nathan Brown.

Martin cut a frustrated figure as he was heavily marked by de Boer in a blowout win for the Giants on Saturday, with his contribution limited to just 15 disposals. The Brownlow Medallist gave away a free kick at one stage for an elbow on an opponent, about 100m off the ball.

"Why do you reckon he might give away that free kick? At the end of the day, blokes come to watch the No.4 play," Hardwick said.

"Let the bloke play the game," he added. "Protect the ball-carrier, is what I'm saying. Don't get me wrong, De Boer did a terrific job, but geez. I'm certainly frustrated, I'd be interested to see what the umpiring fraternity says about it."

Brown said on The Sunday Footy Show that if he was Martin, he'd be unimpressed about his coach calling for him to be protected.

"A poor excuse, I would have thought. I'd be disappointed if I was Dustin Martin watching my coach defend my like that," Brown said.

"Because he needs to work through that. He's a wonderful player, Dustin Martin. Take him to the goal square, do something.

"He shouldn't be given any special treatment. Damien Hardwick is way off the mark on that one."

Hardwick went on to say that he was disappointed his Tigers side wasn't offering more help to Martin. On that point, Brown agreed; referring back to a "passenger list" he drew up for the Richmond side.

The list, aired on Wednesday night's The Footy Show, included Dion Prestia, Brandon Ellis, Jason Castagna, David Astbury, Kane Lambert, Dan Butler, Kamdyn McIntosh and Jack Graham. Only Prestia and Lambert were given q pass mark for their effort against GWS.

"How good a ride some Richmond players have had on the back of some superstars," Brown said.

"Now [Alex] Rance is out, now [Jack] Riewoldt's out, now [Trent] Cotchin will be out ... I said these eight players were the ones I expected to step up and fill the void, and they needed to play some really good footy. I only gave two a tick yesterday, two out of the eight.

"Prestia was good, Lambert I think will become their No.1 midfielder this year. Those other guys there, they need to lift.

"They're senior players who can have an influence in the game and they're the ones that, Richmond, if they're going to play finals or even deep into September, those guys there, they need to lift."

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