Riewoldt lets his kicking do the talking

Jack Riewoldt after his 11-goal haul.
Jack Riewoldt after his 11-goal haul.

IT CERTAINLY wasn't a case of Richmond's spearhead being a "Whispering Jack" as he responded from a challenging week in the spotlight.

After speaking out against the Tigers' game plan, the selection axe appeared to hover over the two-time Coleman medallist from Clarence, but in the space of two hours on Saturday afternoon Jack Riewoldt virtually cut down the Giants single-handedly.

His contribution of 11.2 (68) featured more than twice the majors of Greater Western Sydney's 5.11 (41).

Richmond played a longer kicking game against the Giants and Riewoldt spent the majority of it playing out of the goal-square rather than roaming around the ground.

Whether this was due to inferior opposition or a change in philosophy by coach Damien Hardwick, it certainly wasn't the style of football that Riewoldt had been critical of.

At least six Giants tried to contain him, including Aidan Corr, Adam Tomlinson, Jonathan Patton, Adam Kennedy, Heath Shaw and Curtly Hampton, as he kicked 4.0 in the first term, 3.0 in the second, 4.0 in the third and 0.2 (including a poster) and set up another in the final.

He finished with 17 disposals (all kicks) at 82.4per cent efficiency, 12 marks (all inside 50, three contested), 16 score involvements and even managed a centre clearance. Riewoldt leads the Coleman with 28 majors, one ahead of Hawthorn's Luke Breust.

His 11.2 bettered his 10.3 against West Coast in 2010, and is the equal third best by a Tiger with fellow Tasmanian Michael Roach (against Footscray in round 7, 1980 when he too outscored the opposition on his own).

It was the first time since round 21, 1996, when two more Tasmanians, Matthew Richardson and Brendon Gale, outscored the entire Fitzroy side, that a Richmond team was able to achieve this feat.

Meanwhile, Grant Birchall put in a solid performance in Hawthorn's loss to Port Adelaide.

While Birchall, originally from Devonport, was limited to 22 possessions (14 uncontested) off half-back, he went at an 82 per cent disposal efficiency rate, had five scoring involvements and applied 10 pressure acts.

The man often described as the next Grant Birchall, Kade Kolodjashnij, put in a similar performance in Gold Coast's win over the Western Bulldogs, to earn this week's Rising Star nomination.

The Launceston running defender produced 21 touches at 81 per cent disposal efficiency, applied 12 pressure acts and had three scoring involvements.

Burnie's Luke Russell celebrated becoming the 10th Sun to play 50 games by collecting 16 disposals, applying 12 pressure acts, kicking 2.0 and having four score involvements.

Hobart's Aaron Hall managed just 0.2 from 16 disposals and four marks, but applied 21 pressure acts.


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