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Jack backs Tigers to hit back hard

Round 12: Jack kicks three Watch Jack Riewoldt's highlights in the Round 12 match against Port Adelaide.

Jack Riewoldt is confident Richmond can rebound strongly from Friday night’s 14-point loss to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

The star key forward believes the Tigers have learned some valuable lessons out of the hard-fought contest.

“You don’t want them (losses), but when you accept these results, you can either look at them as road blocks, or opportunities to grow,” Riewoldt told Channel Seven post-match.

“We’ve had a great attitude towards that sort of stuff before and really bounced back well . . .

“We just got beaten in contested ball. We had a part of the game, about eight minutes, I think we went down by 22 (contested possessions).

“Nothing good’s going to come when you get beaten in contested ball by 22 in the space of eight minutes.

“We thought we played okay for three quarters . . . but we just gave them a bit too much head start there in that second half.

“We were really confident at half-time and we felt that we could get back in the game. We just didn’t take our chances . . . a few fumbles across that centre-forward area there, where we really could have hit the scoreboard.

“But they’re the lessons you learn.

“We’ve got a bit of a younger squad in tonight. We’ve got a few people out, obviously Dustin (Martin) didn’t play tonight, as well.

“So it was a good chance for our younger guys to travel and learn what it’s like to play in front of a pretty hostile environment.

“It’s all part of the season, it’s all part of the journey.”

Riewoldt, who was one of Richmond’s best players against the Power, with 11 disposals, five marks, three goals and four tackles, has his sights set firmly on next Sunday’s big clash against an in-form Geelong at the MCG.

“It’s no secret that we play well at the ‘G’. So we’re looking forward to that and then, hopefully, spring-boarding into the back half of the season,” he said.