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Damien Hardwick calls for draw to be scrapped, play extra time, next score wins, Richmond Tigers draw with Fremantle Dockers, reactions, response, debate

Richmond manager Damien Hardwick believes the tie should be scrapped and said tied games should continue “until the next team gets a point”.

Richmond had two chances in the final two minutes of the game after the Tigers were held to a 52-all draw by the Dockers in a chaotic clash at Marvell Stadium on Friday night.

Speaking after the match, Hardwick said he believed the clubs should have continued to play when they were in trouble.

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“For me, I think you just keep going until the next team scores,” Hardwick told reporters.

“Both sides have ridiculous marks where we’re holding on for 30 seconds to ten seconds and maybe it’s just the next point.

“Look at today’s game. It would have been interesting to see that[win the next point]but who knows.

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Hardwick’s view is shared by former GWS coach Leon Cameron, who believes the AFL should be assessed at the end of the season.

“I think it’s always better to get a result (the AFL) has to look at the end of the year,” he told SEN on Saturday morning.

“Looking at each other like, ‘What are we going to do? It’s a very stupid and unbelievable feeling.”

However, Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir was “happy to play what the rules were”, while commentators weighed in on the matter.

“I think the guys at the top make the rules and we play by them,” Longmuir said after the game.

It was their first draw of the season, while Richmond played out a last-gasp draw in last year’s Round 23 clash with Hawthorn, while Fremantle have not drawn since 2013.

The Tigers have now won just one of their last five games – three losses all by less than six points – but have now beaten seven fourth quarter leaders this season.

And Friday night’s result puts Hardwick’s side in danger of dropping out of the top eight, while Freo could now drop out of the top four.

Saints great Nick Riewoldt said Friday night’s 52-all draw was “not a great spectacle” and questions remain over Richmond’s form.

“I’m going to … questions about Premier League credentials in the pre-game, now it’s time to raise your head … both sides are playing middle-of-the-pack football at the moment,” he said.

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