Player Ratings: Swans vs Richmond Tigers, Round 13 2017

Well, well, well. They've done it again and thankfully it was against us this time. All we needed to cap off that day was to get in front and have Lloyd kick a sealer again.

The Swans best comeback win in the last 17 seasons was the best way to get over the Richmond hoodoo, with Rohan banging through the winner with 8 seconds left.

The season from hell still looks like a season full of opportunities, having won 5 from the last 6 and with 3 winnable games coming up.

B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Harry Marsh
HB: Zak Jones, Dane Rampe, Callum Mills
C: Isaac Heeney, Josh P. Kennedy, Jake Lloyd
HF: Will Hayward, Lance Franklin, George Hewett
F: Tom Papley, Sam Reid, Kieren Jack
FOL: Sam Naismith, Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker
I/C: Gary Rohan, Callum Sinclair, Dean Towers, Nic Newman

40: Nick Smith
6
Bit of a bizarre game; 6 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, almost no pressure acts, yet never looked exposed or poor and made a potentially match winning save on the wing with two minutes left.
39: Heath Grundy
6
Given their forward line, a bit of an off first half until the Swans defence was reorganised. When the Tigers bombed it, he owned it.
31: Harry Marsh
6
A bit hit and miss, did some good things, was beaten sometimes.
10: Zak Jones
7
23 disposals, 4 tackles and 13 contested possessions, but 7 clangers.
24: Dane Rampe
6.5
Had his moments, made a few blues and blunders, finished with 16 disposals and a few good pressure acts.
14: Callum Mills
7
Another very good game. He's not great one-on-one, but his intercept play was superb.
5: Isaac Heeney
7.5
The best midfielder of the 2nd half, really stepped it up and became a constant threat. DE% is a worry, but kicked a crucial goal.
23: Lance Franklin
5
Well held and had a stinker.
29: George Hewett
7
Didn't have a heap of the ball, but used it well when he had it and provided good pressure around the ball and going inside 50.
41: Tom Papley
7
Fantastic first half, easily the best Swans player on the field, but was well held in the 2nd half. 11 contested possessions, 6 marks, 7 tackles and over 300 metres gained.
20: Sam Reid
7
Another powerful performance with 2 goals and 10 marks, often providing a focal point in attack. Didn't have a huge impact in the last quarter even though he was the primary target
15: Kieren Jack
7
Didn't get a heap of it, but was very effective when he used it. 13 disposals and 7 score involvements, including 1 crucial goal.
35: Sam Naismith
6
Smashed Nankervis in the ruck, but did little else around the ground.
4: Dan Hannebery
7
Decent performance from the star with 25 disposals, but was well held at times. DE% was under 50.
26: Luke Parker
7
Really solid last half when he was well held in the first. Finished with just 20 disposals, with an immense 14 contested, 4 clearances and 5 tackles.
16: Gary Rohan
5
Really bad first half, 3 possessions, 3 pressure acts and 1 mark in almost 60 minutes of play. Finished with 11 for the game including the sealer.
18: Callum Sinclair
6
He's playing pretty well in the ruck and around the ground, even though his ball use was complete garbage. Defensively he was really solid and laid several massive tackles, including one that was destined to be a goal. Played just half the game.
22: Dean Towers
5
On the periphery for the entire game and had almost no influence at all. 72% game time and the best thing he did was a hack kick that fell in Papley's hands.
28: Nic Newman
7.5
Another superb performance by the defender, including a match winning intercept on the wing.
9: Will Hayward
6
Kicked a great goal in the 3rd quarter and provided a target throughout the match
12: Josh Kennedy
7
Down on his usual standards and quiet for most of the match, a telling last quarter 8 disposals, including walking out of contests unopposed twice saved the Swans.
44: Jake Lloyd
7
Another decent performance, 25 disposals and 5 clearances, but his inability to stick a tackle is worrying.
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