AFL 2017: Richmond's Toby Nankervis battles his former team Sydney for the first time

ONCE WERE FRIENDS: Toby Nankervis contests the ruck with Callum Sinclair during Richmond's loss to Sydney. Picture: Getty Images

ONCE WERE FRIENDS: Toby Nankervis contests the ruck with Callum Sinclair during Richmond's loss to Sydney. Picture: Getty Images

Toby Nankervis’ reunion with his former Sydney teammates on Saturday was not a memorable one for the ruckman from George Town. 

It seemed like the inside information from the Swans may have had an impact, with the former Northern Bomber beaten in the hit-outs and less of an impact around the ground than usual.

As the sole ruckman against Sam Naismith and Callum Sinclair, he won 21 hit-outs [Sinclair had 26 and Naismith 24] down from his 25.9 season average, while he had nine possessions, well below his 14.4 average, in the Tigers’ loss. 

In the positive column, he laid an equal-career high nine tackles, but finished with 0.2, and both chances were quite achievable.

Clarence’s Jack Riewoldt had Dane Rampe as an opponent, kicked 2.1 goals and had five score involvements from 15 touches and eight marks.

It takes him to a season tally of 31.20 and equal fourth place on the Coleman Medal table.

Liam Jones’ resurgence as an AFL footballer continued in Carlton’s win over Gold Coast as he shut down Tom Lynch.

The Suns’ co-captain managed just 0.1 from 10 touches and one mark, while Jones had 12 touches, six of those intercepts, six marks [two intercepts], laid two tackles and had two score involvements.

OUCH: Maverick Weller was in the wars in St Kilda's win over North Melbourne. Picture: Getty Images

OUCH: Maverick Weller was in the wars in St Kilda's win over North Melbourne. Picture: Getty Images

It made it two key scalps in a row for Jones, after he conceded only 2.0 from Jonathon Patton  in round 12.

For the Suns, Launceston’s Jesse Lonergan had a midfield role and collected 17 touches at at disposal efficiency rate of 47 per cent  and laid three tackles, while Kade Kolodjashnij had 18 possessions at 56 per cent and took five marks.

Hobart’s Aaron Hall had 21 possessions at 67 per cent, laid three tackles, kicked 0.1 and had four score involvements in the middle, with Mackenzie Willis had nine touches  at a disposal efficiency at 67 per cent and one mark.

Maverick Weller and Jimmy Webster did their bit as St Kilda got back on the winners’ list against North Melbourne.

Burnie’s Weller had 16 touches at 62 per cent, took seven marks, laid three tackles and kicked 0.1 in a defensive-forward role, while Webster, from Glenorchy, also had 16 touches at 81 per cent, took four marks and had five score involvements from half-back.

It was a frustrating night for Devonport’s Ben Brown, who only manage 1.2 opposed to his namesake Nathan Brown.

Brown has 29.15 for the season to be equal sixth on the goal-kicking table.

UNDER THE PUMP: Jesse Lonergan is put under pressure in Carlton's win over Gold Coast. Picture: Getty Images

UNDER THE PUMP: Jesse Lonergan is put under pressure in Carlton's win over Gold Coast. Picture: Getty Images

In Perth, Launceston’s Jake Kolodjashnij had 12 touches and took three marks in Geelong’s loss to West Coast.

Glenorchy’s Ryan Harwood again had a role inside 50 for Brisbane and had seven touches, one mark, two tackles in the loss to Port Adelaide.

Roo blue: North Melbourne and Ben Brown had a tough one on Friday. Picture: Getty Images

Roo blue: North Melbourne and Ben Brown had a tough one on Friday. Picture: Getty Images

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