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Hardwick comments "unnecessary and "unwarranted": Longmire

Sydney coach John Longmire has denied that his side was to blame for his sides seven goal underwhelming encounter with Richmond.


Tigers coach Damien Hardwick was quick to acknowledge the game was far from a spectacle.


"I think we had 50-odd inside 50s for what, four or five goals, which is farcical in nature really. (It was a) horrible game of football," Hardwick said post-match.


"There's not much I can do, we're attacking, we've got 75,000 people in our forward 50 so it's pretty hard.


"It's become a tactic in the AFL, fold-back mentality is really keeping sides in games at the moment and it's creating the game that we got tonight."


Speaking on Monday Longmire said that the comments were "unnecessary and unwarranted" but revealed that Hardwick had called him too apologise.


"We didn't play an extra defender. Richmond bring a player (forward) up around the ball, they've been doing it for a long time, we just held our six defenders in place.


"If Damien didn't want to do that, he could've brought his forward back in and just played 6-6-6 and the issue would've been done."


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