Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was rapt with how the team’s new ruck set-up worked in the Round 11 victory over Adelaide at Giants Stadium.
The Tigers brought in Mabior Chol for his first AFL game of the 2021 season and Callum Coleman-Jones for just his second senior appearance all-up, and first since 2019, to provide significant support to triple premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis.
Both Chol and Coleman-Jones gave Nankervis a decent chop-out in the ruck and they were dangerous up forward, kicking six goals between them (Chol two and Coleman-Jones four).
“We thought it was good,” Hardwick said in his post-match press conference.
“’Marbs’ (Mabior Chol) has been playing that role really well at VFL level, and CJ (Callum Coleman-Jones) has been helping out with that also.
“All those guys kicked goals today, that’s the important thing.
“If you can actually get players that can second ruck, and can kick goals, it’s a real positive for us.
“You look at CJ kicking four goals and Marbs hitting the scoreboard a couple of times, that was a real positive from today.”
Chol told Richmond Media post-game that he relished regaining his place in the Tigers’ senior side.
“I got challenged for the last four weeks about my contest and my ruck stuff,” he said.
“‘Lynchy’ (Tom Lynch) went down, and a spot opened up.
“It was a great time to come in . . . I’m just really happy that I get the opportunity to play AFL once again . . .
“It’s always good to get two goals on the board, or more, but I’m just happy to play my role for the team."
Chol also expressed his delight at rekindling his partnership with Richmond’s No. 1 ruckman Toby Nankervis.
“Big Toby, we know how great a ruckman he is. Just working with him is absolutely amazing,” Chol said.
“I’m loving that support he gives me and loving the support that I’m giving him back.”