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Roughead returns to rake in eight goals

By Roger Vaughan 02/05/2009 08:13:40 PM Comments (0)

Only a fortnight ago, Jarryd Roughead managed just one kick as Port Adelaide upset Hawthorn at the MCG.

After two goals in the Launceston win over West Coast on Anzac Day, Roughead returned to the MCG and put on a clinic.

He kicked eight goals in a game for the first time in his 89-game career and was best afield as Hawthorn beat Carlton by four points in a classic.

"I'd say so, just with the amount I was able to contribute out there, it was the best I've done," the 22-year-old said.

Roughead and Lance Franklin are the best key forward duo in the league, but usually it is "Buddy" as the No.1 option.

On Saturday, Franklin did not kick his first goal until the final quarter - Roughead had kicked four in the opening term.

Asked what it felt like to be playing so well, Roughead replied: "You can't - you just feel like you can't do anything wrong,

"You just feel like you're not going to miss, which is good.

"I don't think it was handed to me on a platter but the way we set up, we work hard and create turnovers."

Roughead has no trouble playing second-fiddle to Franklin and apart from their physical talents, they are so dangerous because they work so well together.

"I'm happy being behind Buddy, he's proved over the last year that he's arguably one of the best players in the game," Roughead said.

"If I can just get out there and contribute three or four goals each week, it's going to go a long way towards helping us win more games.

"We've been playing with each other for the past two or three years without missing, so we know where each other runs now, which is good."

At the other end of the ground on Saturday, Carlton's Brendan Fevola also kicked eight goals and could have put the Blues in front with just over a minute left in the game.

But his shot clipped the goal post for a behind.

"I was on the far wing and I was pulling my jumper over my head," Roughead said.

"I heard the crowd go nuts and I thought, "they've won', then the umpire is turning around and hitting the post, and I was rapt.

"I went up to him after the game and shook his hand but then I ran off because he didn't look like he was in the best of moods."

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