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Lambert's key role in Round 3 win

Round 3: Lambert's tight snap A great snap under pressure from Kane Lambert is the Tigers first goal of the game.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Kane Lambert of the Tigers in action during the 2017 AFL round 03 match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 08, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Tiger Kane Lambert.

No-frills Tiger Kane Lambert says it was a "privilege" to get the call to curb Brownlow medallist Sam Mitchell in what became a match-turning stopping role.

The ex-VFL standout, who had to wait until he was 23 for his AFL shot, kept the four-time premiership Hawk and West Coast recruit to 13 disposals after quarter-time.

Mitchell was the chief reason the Eagles led by four points at the first break, compiling a game-high 12 possessions, but managed only seven across the next two terms.

Coach Damien Hardwick acknowledged Lambert's defensive effort after Richmond's 11.10 (76) to 8.17 (65) success.

"It's good the coach has that confidence in me to be able to go to a player and lock him down," Lambert said.

"Whether that's through the midfield or in that half-back type role on players who are hurting us. If I can lock him down and play a role for the team, I'm more than happy to do that.

"(Mitchell)'s a privilege to play on, really. I learned a lot on him – just in those three quarters – so I'll take plenty out of that game."

Lambert, who had 19 touches against West Coast, was the No.46 selection in the 2015 rookie draft and was elevated onto the senior list ahead of last season.

The 25-year-old is now part of a Tigers team celebrating three victories to begin the season.

"We came here to get the four points and we're rapt to do that, but we'll quickly move onto Brisbane next week," Lambert said.

"There's plenty of energy around the place and it's feeling refreshed and the boys want to come into work on Monday to get going.

"So it's a great place to be and we're looking forward to Brisbane next week."