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Dangerfield undaunted by AFL Tigers test

By AAP Newswire

Patrick Dangerfield says Geelong will relish the opportunity of facing Richmond in next Friday's AFL preliminary final and are undaunted by the prospect of a packed, pro-Tigers MCG.

Geelong and Richmond last faced off in September in the 2017 qualifying final, which the Tigers won by 51 points before going on to win the premiership.

Dangerfield said he didn't feel like the Cats needed to get one back against Richmond, and the prize of a grand final berth was enough motivation.

"It's just about taking the opportunity," Dangerfield told reporters post-match.

"We know what's on the line, there's no point hiding away from that, I think embrace it, enjoy it, know what it is and these opportunities don't come up very often.

"So win, give ourselves an opportunity at a grand final. Lose, it's finished. So saddle up."

Geelong copped the full force of a pro-Richmond crowd in 2017 but Dangerfield said the Cats were keen to play in front of a packed house - regardless of whether the Tigers had bigger numbers.

"I don't think it gets you off your game - you love hearing it," he said.

"There's nothing like a packed crowd. You'd prefer it to be your own supporters but you appreciate it for what it is, when it is the opposition. So you want to play in (front of) as big a crowd as possible."

Dangerfield emphasised the importance of Geelong retaining possession against the Tigers, whose game is built on manic pressure and rapid transition.

"When they generate movement from their back half, every single player moves forward and really looks to press and overlap," Dangerfield said.

"So we've got to make sure we don't turn the ball over in positions where it's impossible to defend, continue to give our forwards a good look and chop out our defenders where possible.

"They're an incredible side, they have been for a long time. They've got a great contribution of even players and then they've got some superstars in there as well."