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Damien Hardwick says Richmond wants to ‘climb back on the horse’

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has opened up about the plight of the club.

The Tigers lost to Port Adelaide on Saturday night, leaving the side with just one win from its first six matches.

Hardwick said injuries have taken a toll, but stopped short of using that as an excuse.

‘At no stage have we been able to put the side on the park that we think can play our best football, but that’s no excuse for the guys that are out there,’ Hardwick told 3AW Sunday Football.

‘The guys that we’ve got playing aren’t playing well enough.’

Hardwick said the club is itching to set the record straight against Hawthorn in Round 7.

‘The best thing about having a bad loss on the weekend is being able to climb back on the horse on Friday,’ he said.

‘The positive for us is we’ve beaten this side before.’

‘We are capable of playing some very good football.’

Hardwick also dismissed the importance of reports that there is an internal review of processes going on.

‘We review daily, weekly, monthly. This happens all the time. We look at things forensically,’ he said.

‘There’s nothing to that article.’

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