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Tigers Expect More Attack From Cats In AFL

Geelong's forward firepower has Richmond coach Damien Hardwick concerned ahead of their AFL blockbuster at the MCG.

The two teams will clash on Friday night for the fourth time in less than a year.

Richmond have won the last two, but Geelong pushed the Tigers in round 13.

That 18-point win, coupled with the Cats' increased scoring, has given Hardwick plenty to consider.

"They did some things that troubled us (in round 13) - we'll go to work on a few of those things,"' Hardwick said.

"They probably have changed a little bit, the way they've played, as well.

"They're probably a little bit more attacking now, than I think they have been."

Led by key forward Tom Hawkins, Geelong kicked 100 points in the comeback win over Melbourne and then 120 points last weekend against Brisbane.

The Cats have not been so prolific since they opened last season with five triple-figure scores.

Hawkins kicked bags of seven goals in the Melbourne and Brisbane wins.

Richmond boast a record MCG winning streak of 18 - two of them against the Cats - but Geelong coach Chris Scott fancies his team's chances.

"It's a game that some people think the competition should be resigned to losing," Scott said.

"We're just excited at the prospect of having a good swing at it.

"I'm actually in the camp, it's a small camp, that believes they can be beaten and why not us?"

The ladder-leading Tigers have recalled Connor Menadue and Sam Lloyd, while Cats ruckman Ryan Abbott will make his AFL debut.

Jamaine Jones also returns for Geelong, who are eighth.

AAP

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