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Aussie Rules: Richmond could go small against Swans

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says he could go with a smaller forward line as they get ready to take on at least the next two games without Tom Lynch.

The Tigers are priced at 31/20 to beat Sydney Swans in the AFL this weekend but will have to do it without their gun forward who is suffering from a hamstring strain.

Lynch to miss two games

Lynch picked up the injury against Essendon and although it is not a serious one, he will still sit out against Sydney and Port Adelaide, before returning against Carlton, the Tigers hope.

"(Lynch has) got a strain. So he'll be (back) after the bye at some stage. It's probably more than likely the second game after the bye," Hardwick said. "It'll probably more than likely be the Carlton game we think at this stage."

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It means Hardwick has some thinking to do regards his forward line and he does have options. Going small could be an option, while Sydney Stack, Noah Cumberland and Samson Ryan are also possibilities to step in.

Options for Hardwick

"We've got some options, we've just got to work our way through what's going to give us the best opportunity to win this week against the Swans,” Hardwick added.

"It could be (a smaller forward line) and that's what we're working our way through. Pressure is certainly evident, we look at Carlton last week, they played a smaller-type forward line and it worked well for them. So they've given us a little bit of a template to look out for as well."

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