Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says the club made the wrong decision to play Brett Deledio in round one.
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Deledio was touch-and-go for the Tigers’ first-up clash with Carlton after suffering a calf issue, and things went from bad to worse after the midfielder aggravated the injury during his side’s win over the Blues.
Hardwick said that with the benefit on hindsight, Deledio should not have played in the season opener.
“Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it,” Hardwick is quoted as saying by Fairfax Media.
“There was a couple of other players on the edge who go through so from our point of view I reckon 95 percent of the time we make the right call.
“Look, in hindsight we’d probably say, yeah, that was the wrong one.”
Deledio has not featured since the clash with the Blues, but is expected to make a return in round six against North Melbourne.
Richmond currently sits ninth on the AFL ladder with a 2-2 record.
The Tigers were poor in its loss to Melbourne at the MCG in round four and will be hoping for a big improvement when they face Geelong on Saturday.