Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks could only look on in awe at Richmond veteran Jack Riewoldt’s final-quarter virtuoso performance which single-handedly dragged the Tigers to victory.
With the Crows cutting the margin to just nine points midway through the final term courtesy of a four-goal flurry, Riewoldt stepped up to the plate to take one of the most courageous marks of the season before kicking the final three goals of the match to keep Nicks’ side at bay.
“I think the key moment is Riewoldt going back with the flight in that last quarter and the way he played out for the rest of the game,” Nicks said post-match.
“Obviously they’re a fantastic team but for a leader to stand up like that, it was unfortunate for us and got them across the line.
“The last Riewoldt mark I’ve seen, like, that was I think one of the best marks of all time,” Nicks said in reference to St Kilda legend Nick’s grab at the SCG in 2004.
“It’s courage and an outstanding mark. Credit to him, obviously he’s an experienced player and he’s an important player for them, so unfortunately we were on the other end of it.
“We had a little bit of a run going up until that point, a little bit of momentum with us – it turned the game.”
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After jumping out to a 24-point lead in the first term, Nicks said Adelaide lost their way and invited pressure from the experienced Tigers who were able to play the game on their terms largely in the middle two quarters.
“We were pinned in our back half, unable to use the footy, the marks in the end were such a discrepancy (146-53) between what we were able to do with the ball in hand and what they did in the end,” Nicks said.
“Whereas the first quarter we were happy for them to chip backwards and sideways but we couldn’t get that done second and third (quarters).”
Nicks also lamented the large scores the Crows have been conceding this year, with Richmond becoming the fifth team in 11 rounds to crack 100 points against them, and said goals from turnovers in particular were hurting them.
“Richmond’s strength is to be able to punish you whenever you make a mistake and they did that today,” he said.
But he praised the way his team fought back after three-quarter time to make the game a contest again.
“That last quarter, for a five or 10-minute patch, to get ourselves back into the game, it was a credit to our young group because it could’ve been a lot worse than that if we hadn’t stepped on the accelerator,” he said.
“The game was looking a like it could’ve got out of hand.”
Adelaide is scheduled to play Collingwood on Saturday at Adelaide Oval in a twilight fixture next round, but in light of the latest Covid outbreak in Victoria, Nicks admitted those plans could change.
“It’s not locked in as yet so we’ll have to wait on the AFL to give us more information,” Nicks said.
“We’re planning for a Saturday game in Adelaide. Obviously there’s a fair bit still to go through with that … We’ll be flexible, ready to play wherever need be.”
Youngster Sam Berry will not be part of the Crows’ side next week after suffering a concussion and entering the mandatory 12-day protocol as a result.
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