Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin. Photo: Getty Images

If Richmond's hot streak is built on raised training standards, then that in turn may be built on the hard line club captain Trent Cotchin has started to take with teammates.

Richmond has won seven on the trot and is now a real chance to make finals. It's likely it would have already been locked in had the side's start to the year not been so awful, with three wins and 10 losses.

In recent weeks Richmond's senior leaders have publicly put much of that early poor form down to lax training standards. And after the club's important win against Adelaide on Saturday night Cotchin told 3AW he had started to impose his own standards on his teammates.

"I probably just needed to say more when I saw it,'' he said. "I felt that initially spending more time with individuals was my go, being a younger leader.

"I feel like you need to have the relationships first before you can start whacking blokes, which I feel that I've really grown especially with some of the younger guys. Now I feel that I'm in a position that if I see something out on the track or in the change rooms I can just not so much whack blokes but put them on notice, make sure they take a step forward not a step backward."

Cotchin is only 24, and he has been captain for less than 50 games – he is very much still learning his craft. He said it had been his teammates calling for him to be more aggressive with them that was the catalyst for his change.

"I've probably gone back to moreso my natural way of leading,'' he said. "I was trying to be the perfect leader. You don't want to stand on too many people's toes, but the reality is you're voted in by your peers because they think you have something to offer the group as a leader," Cotchin said.

"By having that feedback by my peers gave me the confidence to grow and go back to the basics of probably what gave me an opportunity to become a leader of a proud club in the first place."

Richmond beat Adelaide by 10 points, and now sits ninth on the ladder – only percentage behind its vanquished foe. Coach Damien Hardwick said after the match he was always confident the team's form would turn around.

"We always knew that if we continued to work hard the wheel would turn," Hardwick said.

"We knew we weren't too far away. The win/loss column said we were, but we knew that if we continued to work hard with some things we put in place over the course of the summer all that would turn.

"I'm incredibly proud of our footy club the way they've battled against the odds to get us in a position to play [finals]."

The only major negative for the Tigers was a shoulder injury to defender Dylan Grimes. While there was no official word on the injury from Punt Road, club sources suggested it was considered very minor.