Ready to go: Trent Cotchin.Credit:Getty Images
Richmond have not lost in Queensland since 2014, a run of 15 straight wins. They have also not lost to the Brisbane Lions in their past 15 encounters, dating back to 2009.
When it comes to finals, the Tigers have won seven of their past eight, collecting two premierships on the way.
Ahead of Friday's qualifying final, last year's best and fairest Dion Prestia is preparing to return from a syndesmosis injury suffered in round five while Tom Lynch's hamstring was timed well enough that he will just be available to face the Lions.
Marlion Pickett will keep his spot as will Kamdyn McIntosh, while Shai Bolton will return from a rest in round 18.
It's why Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and captain Trent Cotchin stood under the sunshine state's blue skies on Monday with an air of confidence.
They know they are in for a fight against hungry opposition – the Lions haven't won a final since 2009 and suffered a straight-sets exit last year – with Hardwick saying they are in for "a hell of a game". But they have been in such bouts before and prevailed.
"I think our system holds us in good stead," Hardwick said at Metricon Stadium.
"As long as we're playing our best footy, we're every chance."
The Tigers base their game on getting the ball inside 50 and scoring from chaos, whereas the Lions excel around the contest. Richmond's defence pushes the Lions far and wide as they roam searching for an avenue for goal, negating the impact of Brisbane's ability to win contested ball.
Ever the coach, Hardwick kept talking the opposition up, saying all the right things about Friday's hosts who finished above the Tigers on the ladder for the second year in succession.
"They're second on the ladder for a reason and have won a lot of footy games over a long period of time so we're going to have our work cut out for us," Hardwick said.
"There's no doubt it's gonna be a really fierce contest."
Dustin Martin trains on the Gold Coast.Credit:Getty Images
The Tigers won't tag Brownlow Medal favourite Lachie Neale, confident two-time Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin, premiership captain Cotchin, club champion Prestia and emerging centre square specialist Bolton can handle the likes of Neale, Dayne Zorko, Hugh McCluggage and Jarryd Lyons head to head.
Under Cotchin's leadership, the Tigers will be chasing their third flag in four years as hard as the Lions will be chasing their first in 17 years.
"What make teams continue on that charge is that competitive edge and I don't think you reach the top in the past nor get back to it if you don't have that hunger," the captain said.
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