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Toby Nankervis puts himself in the selection frame

McRae said the Tigers were considering playing Nankervis as a second ruckman running on and off the bench in tandem with Ivan Soldo as a potential way to stifle Brisbane big man Stefan Martin.

Marlion Pickett also gave the Tigers a spark in the second half but it was Nankervis who kept driving the Tigers forward and then was cool enough to slot the goal when the game was on the line.

“He just rises to the top when the pressure is on,” McRae said.

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Richmond big man Noah Balta sat out the game as he pulled up sore after playing against the Lions while Mabior Chol was among Richmond’s best in the first half and will also be considered for the game at the Gabba.

Nankervis, who chose not to speak to reporters after the game, has played just one AFL game since his injury.

Essendon’s Michael Hartley played very well for the Bombers along with veterans David Myers and Mark Baguley but with their first final on Thursday night against the Eagles in Perth it is unlikely any would play in the AFL after a five-day break.

Meanwhile, Geelong youngster Jordan Clark faces an uphill battle to be available for the finals after he failed to get through the VFL elimination final against Port Melbourne with his injured elbow troubling him.

Clark was in the rooms at quarter-time receiving treatment and then battled manfully until the final break, kicking a goal and trying to help his team. However, the Cats sat him out of the last quarter as they bowed out of the finals with a 40-point loss.

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Clark has not played since round 20 after hurting his elbow at training and faces surgery at the end of the season.

Charlie Constable was the Cats’ best with 35 disposals while Sam Menegola had 27 touches to put pressure on Geelong selectors who will need to consider whether Tom Atkins will be selected after he missed the final round with a hand injury that was operated on last week.

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