The Hawthorn Hawks’ duck has been broken with a resounding win over the West Coasters at MCG. The Hawks proved to be the superior raptors by a convincing 5o- point margin, with the final score 125 for the home side and 75 for the tourists.
Cyril Rioli was at his game-changing best, displaying his wide array of talents in every phase of the game, including trademark bursts from the centre square, game changing tackles and nutmeg handballs.
He was pure vintage in the first half where he supplied the sort of quality plays, in lieu of quantity, that gave a much-needed spark to a side that had gone winless in the first four rounds of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition.
Like on many other occasions, Rioli made the most of his stats. North Melbourne premiership player David King told Fox Footy at the half, “He has been awesome, Cyril Rioli, there’s no doubt about that. Cyril has only had the eight disposals, four tackles, but it’s classic Cyril. His eight is worth everyone else’s 25.”
For Hawks supporters, it is hoped that the win and Rioli’s heroics will ignite the dormant list that has appeared listless so far this season.
The Hawks avoided the second-half fade that has been an unwelcome feature of their first four games, kicking 10 majors in the second.