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What Scott learned from Geelong’s previous loss to Richmond


Geelong will look to turn the tables on Richmond in next Saturday night's historic Grand Final at the Gabba.

The Cats were comprehensively outplayed in their previous meeting against the Tigers in Round 17, scoring just one goal to three-quarter time in a 26-point loss.

Geelong’s 40-point win over Brisbane in Saturday night’s Preliminary Final has set up a tantalising clash against the reigning premiers in what will be the first all-Victorian Grand Final in nine years.

Speaking to reporters post-game, Cats coach Chris Scott reflected on the Round 17 defeat and the challenges that await his side in the premiership decider.

“It confirmed how good they were,” Scott said.

“I’ve got to be honest, there was a little bit of a sense during the year that maybe these guys weren’t quite where they had been in previous years.

“That game snuffed that out a little bit. They’ve clearly been the best team in the comp for a period of time.

“Round 17 taught us they’re going to be hard to beat, they’re going to be hard to score against, their system is second nature to them.

“They’ve developed a system and a group of players that know what to do in every minute of the game. It won’t always work but at least they’re on the same page.

“They’re hard to play against.

“Without being too general about it, I suspect the result will be dependent on who gets the game played they way they want it to be played, and they did that really well last time against us.”

Geelong is gunning for a first flag since 2011.

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