Riewoldt resurgence boosts Tigers' attack

IS JACK back?

Well, if he's not 100 per cent there, he's not that far off it.

Clarence's dual Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt was at his most dangerous and lively best in attack for Richmond in the Tigers' win over Brisbane, relishing the extra space and responsibility inside 50 following the omission of Tyrone Vickery.

With Joel Patfull his opponent, Riewoldt kicked 4.1 from 15 possessions (eight contested) with nine marks and three tackles.

Riewoldt has now kicked 10 goals in his past 10 quarters after just two in his first 10, when he spent more time away from the forward 50.

After five rounds, he leads the league for marks inside 50 with 20 and  is equal sixth in contested marks with 10  and equal fourth on the Coleman Medal table.

While Evandale's Nathan Grima was able to collect 23 disposals (with 16 uncontested) against the likes of Jesse White in North Melbourne's loss to Collingwood, some costly turnovers (with four clangers) marred the defender's day.

But apart from those moments  he was solid, going at a disposal efficiency rate of 83 per cent and taking four marks.

Glenorchy's Jimmy Webster was outstanding in defence for St Kilda in its upset win over Essendon, keeping Leroy Jetta to 2.1 (one  extremely lucky) from 10 touches, collecting 21 disposals (16 uncontested) and having four score involvements himself at the outstanding disposal efficiency rate of 90.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Eli Templeton, of Burnie, was restricted to just seven touches and 0.1 by Michael Hibberd before he was subbed off in the final term.

Hobart's Aaron Hall and Dodges Ferry's Jeremy Howe spent time playing on each other as Hall's Gold Coast downed Howe's Melbourne at the MCG.

Howe, who also played on Gary Ablett when he was in attack and floated forward himself, showed his best form for the year with 16 touches at a disposal efficiency rate of 87.5 per cent, nine marks, three inside 50s, six score involvements and 1.1, with Hall kicking 1.1 from 10 touches and having six score involvements before he was subbed off in the final term.

The classy start to Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij's AFL life continued, with a 19   (16 uncontested) at 89.5 per cent disposal efficiency rate and eight-mark effort running off Jay Kennedy-Harris, while Burnie's Luke Russell committed four clangers from just seven possessions  but laid six tackles, playing mainly in attack.

 Liam Jones, of West Moonah, failed to make it three good weeks in a row after being held goalless by Sam Rowe in the Western Bulldogs' loss to Carlton at Etihad Stadium, but he did have five score involvements.

Hobart's George Burbury had 11 touches and kicked 0.2 for the victorious Geelong yesterday at the MCG, while Devonport's Grant Birchall had 28 touches at the low (for him) disposal efficiency rate of 75 per cent, with five rebound 50s for Hawthorn.

 Former Launceston ruckman Thomas Bellchambers put his hand up for selection in Friday's Anzac Day blockbuster against Collingwood after being Essendon's best in its VFL clash with Bendigo on Good Friday.

Jack Riewoldt

Jack Riewoldt


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