Providing both entertainment and positive results is not an easy thing to do in the AFL but Richmond has been doing that in the opening rounds of the 2017 season.
Currently sharing top spot on the ladder with Adelaide and Geelong after winning their opening four games, the Tigers are playing with greater confidence than in previous years.
Coach Damien Hardwick is implementing a more attack-minded gameplan and so far it is paying off. Instead of playing at a slow tempo and emphasising on defending, Richmond is playing in a more direct manner and it moves the ball at a high tempo.
If there is one particular part of the team that has improved more than the others this year, it is Hardwick’s forward set-up.
The Tigers had been lacking in quality small forwards but now they have Dan Butler, Daniel Rioli, and Jason Castagna making an impact.
Butler has kicked six goals since making his debut against Carlton in Round One and he averages nearly 16 disposals a game.