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Richmond face contract dilemma after in-demand younger gun’s starring efficiency

Demand for out-of-contract ahead Callum Coleman-Jones is ready to skyrocket after the thrilling teen kicked 4 targets to assist Richmond breathe life into their AFL premiership defence with a 28-point win over Adelaide.

Coleman-Jones and fellow tall Mabior Chol have been referred to as as much as cowl the lack of injured spearhead Tom Lynch and mixed effectively with veteran Jack Riewoldt in assault.

The trio kicked 11 targets between them within the 17.9 (111) to 12.11 (83) win at Giants Stadium in Sydney, which pushed the Tigers (6-5) again into the highest eight.

It was solely Coleman-Jones’ second senior look, coming nearly two years after his AFL debut.

He additionally served a 10-match ban for breaking strict COVID-19 protocols in Queensland final September.

However the 2017 No.20 draft decide seemed proper at dwelling as Richmond recovered from a four-goal first-quarter deficit and overpowered Adelaide within the third time period to arrange their win.

Callum Coleman-Jones has kicked 4 targets in simply his second AFL recreation. Credit score: Getty

The Tigers seized momentum after halftime and kicked six consecutive targets, together with two from energetic teen Hugo Ralphsmith from the ahead pocket, to steer by 33 factors on the closing change.

Adelaide challenged within the final quarter and lower the margin to 9 factors earlier than Riewoldt took an enormous pack mark and kicked the steadying aim with eight minutes left to play.

The 32-year-old kicked the subsequent two majors in time-on and completed with 5 from 20 disposals and 14 marks.

Shai Bolton starred on return from two weeks out with a damaged wrist sustained in a nightclub battle, ending with 23 disposals and a aim.

The Tigers additionally welcomed fellow premiership stars Trent Cotchin (20 disposals, 10 tackles, six clearances) and Dion Prestia again into the midfield fold.

Sparked by in-form veteran Taylor Walker, Adelaide surprised Richmond by kicking 5 of the primary six targets in a first-quarter blitz.

Walker had two targets and 7 rating involvements from 10 disposals within the opening time period and had three majors on the board by half-time.

He completed with 4 and sidekick Darcy Fogarty kicked three as Rory Sloane (29 disposals) and Ben Keays (31) fought arduous in a shedding trigger.

The regenerating Crows, who knocked off ladder leaders Melbourne in an enormous upset per week earlier, would have misplaced few admirers in one other gritty efficiency.

Richmond will seemingly head to Perth to sort out Essendon in a rearranged Dreamtime fixture in spherical 12, whereas Adelaide are scheduled to host Collingwood.

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