The North Launceston and George Town product had every right to feel in a strange position after being dumped following a round 1 victory.
Nankervis picked up just seven possessions, but with teammate Ivan Soldo, who had 25 tap-outs, ruled the rucks 41 to 26 over Carlton.
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But changes to the game including shorter 16-minute quarters condemned the victim of circumstances back to the VFL on Wednesday night.
After an 83-day pandemic break following the suspension of competition, Nankervis got the tick of approval from Tigers VFL and development coach Xavier Clarke.
"We know what we're going to get from 'Nank'. He certainly provided us a contest around the ruck and also up forward. We wrapped him up at three-quarter time but as the game went on, he had more of an impact around the ground," Clarke said.
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