Jack Riewoldt is back!

Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt sounded a warning to the rest of the competition on Friday night, booting eight goals against St Kilda and declaring his confidence is back.

In his 100th AFL game, the Tasmanian’s best-afield display followed a haul of six goals against Hawthorn last week, catapulting him to the top of the Coleman Medal table.

After a slow start to 2012 following off-season hip, shoulder and finger surgery, Riewoldt says he has turned his form around by concentrating on the basics.

“The biggest thing for me has been trying to get back to jumping at the footy, and applying forward pressure,” he said after the eight-point win over the Saints.

“I know internally I’ve been happy with the way I’ve been putting pressure on, and ultimately the wheel turns in AFL footy, and if you continue to do stuff like that, eventually you’re going to get on the end of a couple.”

Riewoldt described his five-goal first half as his best of the year so far, and admitted his past fortnight had been a confidence booster.

“My body’s starting to feel really good,” he said.

“I’m happy with where my head’s at, and going forward the confidence of this group is growing day by day, week by week.” Read more…