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Vlastuin’s fine form

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Nick Vlastuin marks in front of Jarrad Waite at Etihad Stadium on Sunday - Nick Vlastuin,Richmond Tigers,Etihad Stadium
Nick Vlastuin marks in front of Jarrad Waite at Etihad Stadium on Sunday

Nick Vlastuin reinforced his reputation as one of AFL football’s best small defenders with a superb display in Richmond’s win against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Vlastuin showcased his fine football traits right throughout the match – composure, courage, clever football brain and competent decision-making.

He had 26 disposals, a game-high 15 intercepts, game-high eight tackles, five score involvements, 377 metres gained, and took a game-high 12 marks.

After playing such a vital role for the Tigers in their 2017 premiership year, Vlastuin has started this season strongly, averaging 17.7 disposals, 6.2 marks, 3.8 rebound-50s and 3.0 tackles per game.

Vlastuin’s backline teammate Bachar Houli paid tribute to him in a post-match interview yesterday on ‘Fox Footy’.

“The great thing about Nick, normally he provides us with drive, but he can drop off, take a big grab and he’s a really good tackler,” Houli said.

“So he’s got great signs, both offensively and defensively.”