Hardwick sorry for 'defensive Swans' spray

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has apologised after criticising Sydney's defensive AFL tactics.
Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has apologised after criticising Sydney's defensive AFL tactics.

Sydney coach John Longmire says Damien Hardwick has apologised to him for post-match comments the Swans' mentor felt were unnecessary, unwarranted and incorrect.

After Richmond ground out a 4.10 (34) to 3.8 (26) AFL win over Sydney at the Gabba on Sunday, Hardwick complained about what he saw as overly defensive tactics in the match, saying: "We're attacking and we've got 75,000 people in our forward 50".

"Damien called me straight after the game and apologised for the comments, which I appreciated. But as I said to Damien they are out there," Longmire said.

Australian Associated Press