He may have kicked four second-half goals to arrest his goal drought, but Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt was adamant he and his fellow senior Tigers didn't do enough when it counted in the side's two-point loss to the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.
Richmond overturned a 37-point half-time deficit to take the lead deep into the final quarter, only to see the gritty Bulldogs wrest back the ascendancy and prevail.
Riewoldt had collected just a solitary disposal at the long break, and remained disappointed with his and the side's overall showing.
"It's great to get on the scoreboard late in the game and help us get back into the game, but as a leader of the football club you're expected to play well all game, you can't turn up at half-time," he told Channel Seven on Saturday night.
"I think our best footy's improved on last year, but unfortunately our lows are really low. We played a poor half of footy and let the Bulldogs do a number on us, and that lead was unassailable really in the end, and we saw that in the game against Carlton last week."
Riewoldt said that as a senior player he had to shoulder the burden, particularly in the absence of midfielder Brett Deledio.
"Early today, our leaders, myself, probably Trent [Cotchin] a little bit and a few other guys that have played a lot of football didn't stand up early and unfortunately that cost us the game."
Asked about the contentious matter of his positioning on the ground, Riewoldt made it clear that he was unperturbed by where coach Damian Hardwick asked him to play.
"I know Dimma [Hardwick] gets asked it and it becomes a bit of a pain really answering why I don't play at full-forward but the modern game doesn't really allow that anymore.
"We've got two young guys, Tyrone [Vickery] and young Ben Griffiths who are going to be really good players for us, and for their development and for our side's development they need to learn to play at full-forward at some stage."
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