John Longmire concedes Sydney have been taught a lesson in wet-weather soccer as they have been overrun by Richmond in a 13-point loss that leaves their AFL finals hopes in tatters.
The Swans led by 26 factors through the second quarter on the MCG on Thursday evening however have been overwhelmed as rain fell after half-time.
Richmond kicked 5 of the final six targets in a dominant end and gained a lop-sided clearance battle (47-31).
The depend featured a 19-7 benefit at centre bounces, together with a 10-1 landslide within the second half.
“We bought completely smashed across the stoppages, you understand, 1-10 in a half of footy is difficult to do within the (centre bounce) state of affairs,” Swans coach Longmire mentioned.
“They virtually tripled us in stoppage work within the second half, in order that they bought floor place in moist circumstances and that made an enormous distinction.
“We simply bought smashed across the footy.”
It informed on the scoreboard as Richmond piled on 7.10 to three.3 after the principle break.
“You have to get the ball in your entrance half in these moist circumstances and you have to play a territory sport, and we weren’t capable of do it,” Longmire mentioned.
“We simply fumbled and bought crushed across the ball.
“We have been a bit sluggish to adapt however we simply weren’t clear sufficient across the ball.”
Sydney’s slender defeat to Richmond adopted a nail-biting draw with Geelong in spherical 16, with the outcomes severely denting their finals hopes.
The Swans (6-1-9) might now finish this spherical so far as two wins plus share outdoors the highest eight.
“We have had just a few possibilities to complete it off and have not executed probably the most basic items and executed it once we’ve wanted to,” Longmire mentioned.
“That is been disappointing.”
In an additional blow, dashing defender Jake Lloyd will miss subsequent week’s conflict with the Western Bulldogs below concussion protocols.
Lloyd was substituted after a excessive bump from Richmond ruckman Toby Nankervis through the second quarter.
Longmire confirmed gun midfielder Chad Warner (calf) can even be sidelined for one more week.
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