Damien Hardwick and Nathan Buckley got their first taste of the new era of Footy and stated that we are now playing a completely different game

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Jack Riewoldt marks in front of Jordan Roughead during the AFL Community Series game between Collingwood and Richmond (Photo by Quinn Rooney / Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images

AFL teams will need to quickly adjust to the 2021 rule changes to keep up with the rest of the competition

That’s the verdict of senior coaches Damien Hardwick and Nathan Buckley after cracking the numbers after Richmond’s 1114 (80) to 118 (74) win against Collingwood on Friday night

The Magpies have bigger concerns following a double injury in the narrow defeat, after an off-season plagued by racing controversy and the ugly departure of midfielder Adam Treloar

But on the field, reducing the exchange rotations from 90 to 75, a new rule that restricts the movement of the man on the mark to speed up ball movement and lengthen the length of the quarters to 20 minutes, has a big impact Impact and prompted Hardwick to declare, “It’s a different game”

“We got 120 undisputed points – that’s usually two games for us,” said the triple Premier League coach

“It looks different and we’ll work on it a little and see if we have to work our way through”

Both coaches saw drastic drops in the stats they use to measure how much pressure they put on opponents when trying to get the ball back

“Richmond would consider themselves to be one of the better print sites out there, and our numbers are generally pretty good in that area, but they were as low as anything you would have seen,” Buckley said

“It was a very open game but it will be a good five or six weeks before we know exactly where the game will settle

“We’re all talking about the man on the mark, but 75 spins with an additional 20 minutes of footy will be the biggest test as all of us who play haven’t played a normal length game for almost 18 months”

Tigers head coach Damien Hardwick watches during the AFL Community Series game against Collingwood (Photo by Quinn Rooney / Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images

Jayden Short scored 12 points for the Tigers (Photo by Michael Willson / AFL Photos via Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Nathan Buckley speaks to the media after the Magpies defeat (Photo by Quinn Rooney / Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Buckley predicted a season of “real change and change” for the competition as the clubs emerge from the COVID pandemic and cut the football department’s spending significantly

“2020 was a really tough year and we did it and had shorter preparation (for this season),” said Buckley

“The soft cap for footy programs has been lowered by 40 percent, so the staff-to-player ratio is very different from what it was

“The games are now back to full length and we’re spinning less, so there are a lot of changes to the game

“There are some rule changes that are designed to speed it up and make it more open and offensive So there are many different factors

“The coaches and playgroups that get it right will get a kickstart early”

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