Nic NAITANUI

#9   West Coast

Age: 28yr 10mth Games: 147 Born: May 04, 1990
Height: 201cm Weight: 110kg Position:

2017 Digest:   The star ruckman underwent an ACL reconstruction after injuring his knee late in 2016 and won’t be back until late in the year.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Knee.
2 Knee.
3 Knee.
4 Knee.
5 Knee.
6 Knee.
7 Knee.
8 Knee.
9 Knee.
10 Knee.
11 Knee.
12 Knee.
13 Knee.
14 Knee.
15 Knee.
16 Knee.
17 Knee.
18 Knee.
19 Knee.
20 Knee.
21 Knee.
22 Knee.
23 Knee.
EF Knee.
SF Knee.

2016 Season

1 Bris At another level. But Naitanui took marks, won the ball and kicked goals. Look out. 8
2 Haw Got the better of Hawks rucks in hitouts, but did little around ground to influence game. 5
3 Frem Controlled the ruck after Sandilands left the game with injury. 7
4 Rich Quality ruck effort but didn’t have much competition because Hampson got hurt. 7
5 Syd Kept working honestly despite conditions being against him. 6
6 Coll Dominated the ruck and gave the Eagles easy clearances. 8
7 Geel Battled hard in the ruck but certainly not the dominant figure he can be at stoppages. 4
8 StK Dominance at centre bounces set up Eagles from the word go. 8
9 Port Comprehensively beat Trengove in ruck with 51 hit-outs to 13. 8
10 GCS Dominated the ruck. Gave his midfield fantastic service. 7
11 WB Struggled. Has so many of those games where he just doesn’t touch the ball. 2
12 Adel Spent less time on the field than normal. Carrying an injury. 5
13 Achilles.
14 Achilles.
15 Achilles.
16 Achilles.
17 Achilles.
18 Achilles.
19 Achilles.
20 Frem He and Sandilands broke even in the ruck. But Naitanui kicked a goal. 5
21 GWS Kicked the match-winner in final seconds and got the better of Mumford. 45 hitouts. 8
22 Haw Ruptured his ACL during the third term. Had rucked well. 5
23 Knee.
EF Knee.

2015 Season

1 WB One brilliant goal in final term a highlight. Great battle with Minson. 6
2 Carl Great early goal and some of his ruck work in the centre was outstanding. 7
3 Frem Jumped into Sandilands and kicked two goals but needs to do more in transition. 5
4 Bris Had 38 hitouts but not much influence (two marks, 10 touches) in general play. 6
5 GWS Kicked two goals and his ruckwork got the Eagles going. 6
6 Port 30 hit-outs and three clearances, dominated the closing minutes. 8
7 GCS Good battle with Nicholls. They fought out a good contest. 5
8 StK After a week of discussion on his marking he took none but was strong in ruck. 5
9 Geel Took mark of the year and presence at centre clearances was pronounced 8
10 NM Battled against Goldstein and probably shaded him until final term. 6
11 Ess Dominated the ruck to guarantee the Eagles had first use of the ball. 7
12 Rich Totally controlled ruck early. Reined in briefly but won overall. 8
14 Melb Climbed over Gawn and Spencer to hand midfielders first use of ball. 7
15 Adel Dominated the ruck. His tapping to Shuey was masterful. Had 19 disposals too. 8
16 Coll By far the best ruckman on the field and Collingwood had no counter. 7
17 Syd Tap work first class and couple of highlight reel marks. Six effective disposals. 6
18 GCS Led hit-out count but quiet around the ground. 3
19 Personal leave.
20 Personal leave.
21 WB Dominated the ruck: 48 hit-outs. Kicked a goal, took a great mark too. 8
22 Adel Good battle with Jacobs, and was serviceable. 5
23 StK BOG. Kicked three goals, rucked well, tackled, smothered and took a specky. 9
QF Haw Dominant in the ruck. How side lost clearances is credit to Hawks. 7
PF NM Beaten by Goldstein in the ruck but kept battling. Eight hit-outs to advantage. 5
GF Haw One effective disposal for the match and nullified in the ruck. 2

2014 Season

1 WB Used in spurts and added to highlight reel a couple of times. Will get better. 4
2 Melb Controlled the ruck and pushed forward on Spencer. Good effort. 7
3 StK Still finding his way back to touch. 4
4 Geel Horrible. Couldn’t get near it and subbed out in the third term. 1
5 Port Improved showing on last week but still looks a mile off top form. 5
6 Carl Showed signs of his brilliance before fading. 5
7 Frem Was tried forward a lot but looked lost, still not fully fit. 4
8 GWS 20 hitouts but again failed to take a single mark – the only Eagle. 5
10 Coll Started well, ran out of puff. Taps great but not involved enough to be damaging. 4
11 NM Plenty of energy at the start and kicked brilliant goal. At least gave hope. 6
12 Haw His second term ruckwork was superb. Took three big marks. Kicked a goal too. 6
13 GCS Dominant game in ruck and around field. Back to his athletic best. 7
14 StK Squared the ruck taps with Longer and only had a limited impact around ground. 5
15 Frem Forget hitouts, just four handballs, no marks in 102 minutes. All style, no substance. 2
16 Soreness.
17 Bris Ruckwork was great, otherwise hardly had any influence in general play. 5
18 Rich Dangerous in ruck (five hit-outs to advantage) and did his bit around ground. 7
19 Adel Relished the opportunity to handle the bulk of ruck duties in Cox’s absence. 6
20 Coll Two goals but again didn’t win enough pill to be a major factor. Ruckwork good. 4
21 Ess Didn’t have influence around ground apart from his one big mark. 3
22 Achilles.
23 GCS Looked lively in spurts. Three goals one of his better returns while resting forward. 6
QF -
SF -
PF -
GF -

2013 Season

1 Groin.
2 Groin.
3 Groin.
4 Groin.
5 Groin.
6 WB Long awaited first appearance for the year. On in third term and won 17 taps. Only one kick, 3
7 Bris Played as the main ruckman and kicked two goals. He’s back in town. 7
8 NM Back to near his best. Follow-up work was great and took the match-winning mark and goal. 8
9 GWS Nearing full fitness after his groin issues, his tap work was a thing of beauty. 8
10 Rich He and Cox gave Tigers early headaches. Dominated first term, reined in around ground. 5
11 StK Good in the ruck and always threatened to take hold of the game. 6
13 Haw Great goal in first term and had 10 hit-outs to advantage. Needs to win more footy. 6
14 Ess Couple of spectacular efforts but didn’t get a heap of the ball. 4
15 Adel Exciting as always, can do things on the ground nobody else can. 7
16 Frem OK early but seems to be carrying an injury and faded after half time. 4
17 Syd Took a long time to get up to speed with game and obviously restricted with injury. 3
18 Groin.
19 Groin.
20 Groin.
21 Groin.
22 Groin.
23 Groin.
QF
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

1 WB Freakish athlete wowed crowd with his only goal – 12 disposals. 5
2 Melb Good ruck battle with Jamar. Took two great marks and kicked a goal. 6
3 GWS 26 hit-outs and two goals but we have seen better games from him. 6
4 Haw Flew for grabs but didn’t bring them down. Solid game. 5
5 Rich Ruckwork key to his impact and Eagles scored goals from his work. 8
8 StK Kicked two goals and rucked well but was sore during the match. 6
9 Frem Took some great marks. Four of his five grabs were contested. 6
10 Bris Had 41 hitouts but did not take a mark despite a few flies. Ordinary! 4
12 Carl Brilliant around ground and in ruck. Best four quarter effort so far. 8
13 Coll Not the dominant figure of previous week but did some good things. 5
14 GCS Superb early with brilliant ruckwork. Also kicked two goals. 8
15 NM No impact in first half then turned it around in a major way. 6
16 Syd Quiet. No big moments. Just six touches but kicked a goal. 4
17 Adel Supported Cox well in ruck but impact around the ground was minimal. 5
18 Bris Brilliant. Controlled the game with his athleticism and kicked three goals. 9
19 Frem Lots of hit outs but no impact and took just one mark. 4
20 Geel Played a brilliant role alongside Cox – two goals, six clearances and 22 hit outs. 8
21 Port Kicked three goals when resting up forward. 7
22 Coll Another superb game. Massive impact whenever he got the ball. 8
23 Haw Offered zero first half (one clearance) and not much after that. 3
EF NM Tap work was first class and played key role in setting up ground players. 8
SF Coll Didn’t take many of the big marks expected of him. Never really got going. 4