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VFL Report: Round 19

VFL Backline and Development coach, Ryan Ferguson provides a summary of how the Tigers’ players performed in last Saturday’s Round 19 loss to Williamstown at the Swinburne Centre, Punt Road Oval.

4:47pm  Aug 14, 2018

Talking Tigers: Episode 23, 2018

It was 10 out of 10 for Jack Riewoldt with his 10-goal haul last Saturday, and it’s 10 out of 10 for ‘Talking Tigers’ with another episode of podcast perfection today.

3:15pm  Aug 14, 2018

Grigg gets the job done

Shaun Grigg continues to be a valuable contributor within the Richmond line-up.

11:09am  Aug 14, 2018

Rioli set to run

Ryan Davidson, AFL Media  January 18, 2018 11:46 AM

Leppitsch pre-season update Justin Leppitsch speaks to RSN927 about the structure of the Tigers' pre-season.

RICHMOND star Daniel Rioli is set to begin running next week after undergoing surgery in October to recover from a broken foot sustained in the Tigers' Grand Final victory over Adelaide.

Richmond assistant coach Justin Leppitsch told RSN radio on Thursday Rioli is racing the clock to face arch rival Carlton in an opening round blockbuster at the MCG on March 22.

"He'll be touch and go for round one. There's no doubt it will be close but we're hoping he'll be OK," Leppitsch said.

"He's going OK and about to run next week."

Rioli is an integral part of Richmond's dangerous small forward line, with the Northern Territory product's 25 goals last season supplemented by fierce tackling pressure and an ability to make something out of nothing.

Draftee Jack Higgins looms as a possible replacement for Rioli if he doesn't come up for round one, with the small forward impressing during the pre-season.

The most physically developed of the latest batch of Tiger cubs, the 17th pick in last year's NAB AFL Draft and the 2017 Morrish Medallist has stated his desire to play senior footy sooner than later.

"Jack was touted as a really high pick and is a high-energy player and real busy bee," Leppitsch said.

"It's always tough getting into a premiership team – it's easier to get a game when you're in the bottom half of the ladder.

"But (all our draftees have) shown really good signs."

Second-round selections Callum Coleman-Jones and Noah Balta are further behind in their preparation, with the versatile talls' programs limited as they're eased into full training.

Father-son recruit Patrick Naish is likely to be given plenty of time to develop his slight frame before he is considered for senior selection.

Richmond's JLT Community Series campaign kicks off with a clash against Essendon in Wangaratta on February 24 before a hit-out against North Melbourne at Ikon Park on March 7.