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Finals loss a Swans win: Richards

Sydney key defender Ted Richards is set to return from a fractured eye socket on Saturday.
GWS loss a win: Ted Richards
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Retiring Swans veteran Ted Richards says Sydney's loss to GWS in the elimination final woke the team up as they aimed to reach their second grand final in three years.

"I think our loss to GWS a couple of weeks ago was a positive thing for us ... it really gave us a reality check and sharpened us up," Richards said.

"Up until then we'd had a run of wins, I think six or seven in a row – some of those games we'd won by quite a sizeable margin and I think it was good for us to get a little reality check and sharpen us up and we showed that against Geelong we have reset ourselves," he said.

"The memories of our game to GWS two weeks ago are still quite vivid and we learnt quite a lot from that and we’ll be going out here with the same attitude we had last week."

Richards says he knew he wouldn't play in tomorrow’s grand final when the Bulldogs defeated the Giants last Saturday.

The tough defender announced his retirement at the start of August and played only eight games this season after battling concussion issues.

"I knew that if GWS won that I was a fair chance of getting a recall, because GWS, one of their strengths is their tall forwards and conversely the Bulldogs they've got a dangerous forward line," he said.

"But it's for a different reason – they're small, they're sharp, they're quick – and I knew that that wouldn’t bode well for my chances of a recall."

The 261-game veteran joked that he encouraged his wife to support Sydney's cross-town rivals.

"My wife said 'who are we going for?' and I said 'we're going for GWS, we're going for them hard, so start cheering!'" Richards said.

Richards retires on 261 games.

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