It won’t be remembered forever like another famous smother involving his cousin, Nick, but Jack Riewoldt’s interruption of a Joel Selwood kick was a work of art.
Where Heath Shaw used desperation and speed to prevent former Saints star Nick Riewoldt kicking a major from the goalsquare in the 2010 grand final, Jack used ingenuity.
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The Richmond key forward looked well and truly out of the play when he went to ground in a pack on the Geelong half forward line with his team leading by three points in the third quarter.
But as Selwood took possession and looked to kick the Cats back inside 50m as they pushed to reclaim the lead, a supine Riewoldt said not on my watch.
It all happened so fast that Channel 7 commentator Brian Taylor thought the Geelong captain “had a bit of a fresh airy”.
The Riewoldt rascal smother…
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But replays showed the Tigers spearhead had cleverly inserted his boot into proceedings just after Selwood made his ball drop.
The result was a brilliant smother that left Selwood scratching his head and Hawthorn premiership hero Luke Hodge praising Riewoldt for “staying in the play while he was on the ground”.
As the pictures show, this was a toe poke Matthew Scarlett would be proud of.
It wasn’t exactly a match-turning moment but it still deserves widespread recognition.
If only there was a show with a segment highlighting rascal behaviour?
Originally published as ‘Rascal’ provides cheekiest GF moment