Toby Nankervis continued his excellent start to the 2021 season with a strong showing for Richmond against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG last Friday night.

The warrior-like triple Tiger premiership ruckman had 20 disposals, 13 contested possessions, three clearances, five intercepts, four tackles and 18 hit-outs in the team’s 22-point victory.

It was the fourth match in-a-row that he has finished with 20 disposals or more.

After seven rounds of the season, Nankervis has a compelling case to be rated the second best ruckman in the competition behind Melbourne captain Max Gawn.

He is averaging 17.9 disposals, 4.6 clearances and 22.1 hit-outs per game.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was full of praise for Nankervis in his post-match press conference last Friday night.

“I think Toby Nankervis for us is really, really important,” Hardwick said.

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Round 7: Hardwick post-match

Damien Hardwick speaks to the media following the Round 7 win against the Western Bulldogs.

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“He’s had a great year. He’s probably a little bit under-rated outside our four walls, but within he’s very, very important to the way we play.

“He’s hard, he’s tough . . . He’s undersized, but he competes really well.”