Jack Riewoldt
Jack Riewoldt

Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt said he has performed below his lofty expectations in season 2012.

Riewoldt - the 2010 Coleman medallist - said despite sitting just four goals behind this season's Coleman leader Matthew Pavlich (60 goals), he believed he could have performed better for longer periods during the season.

"It's been very inconsistent. I've still kicked the second-most goals for the competition this year, and in terms of where I want to be and the club wants to be, I probably rate it ... not a failure, but not up to the standard that I've set myself to obviously perform for the club this year," Riewoldt said.

On Richmond's failed attempt to make the final eight this season, Riewoldt said he was disappointed mostly for his skipper.

"It is disappointing, very disappointing for our group, no more than (for) Chris Newman. I think this year we had a real focus to try and play finals for him," Riewoldt said.

"It's obviously been well documented that he hasn't played finals, and we sort of felt that we were good enough to play finals this year.

"I mean the ball bounces a couple of different ways those three weeks where we lose by a goal and we're probably right in the hunt to have a bit of a shot at September.

"Unfortunately we're in a position now where we can't make it, but still a really big two weeks for the club, in terms of I'd like to think we could finish 11 (wins) and 11 (losses).

"That's probably our biggest focus for the last two weeks."

Riewoldt denied his side's failure to be still in the finals hunt was a leadership issue, with late fade-outs costing them in rounds 16-18 when they lost three straight matches by less than a kick.

"I don't think that's very fair at all," Riewoldt said when asked about the Tigers' supposed lack of leadership late in games.

"If you said to us going up to the Gold Coast game, (Trent) Cotchin has 35, (Brett) Deledio would have 32 and I'd kick five (goals), you think we'd come away with the points no matter what.

"This leadership group that we've developed here, under probably I believe the best serving captain I've had since I've been at the footy club, is a very strong one and very diverse as well.

"Ninety percent of leadership's just playing your role on the weekend, and I think Trent's definitely done that and it shows why he's a star of the competition.

"Chris' off-field actions are second-to-none at this footy club, and I think Lids (Deledio) is in the same sort of boat."

Riewoldt added he believed coach Damien Hardwick's post-match comments on Saturday regarding the late inclusion of Fremantle gun ruckman Aaron Sandilands were made 'in the heat of the moment'.

Hardwick had questioned whether the Dockers, who went on to win the clash, were playing within the spirit of the game with the very late inclusion of their No.1 ruckman.

In other news from Punt Road, small forward Jake King will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a fractured toe on Monday.

King joins Reece Conca, Jeromey Webberley, Dylan Grimes, Nathan Foley and Tyrone Vickery amongst those already ruled out for the final fortnight.


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