Nic Naitanui
Dominates in heartbreaking loss
RWest Coast Eagles
October 3, 2020
Naitanui tallied 17 disposals (11 kicks, six handballs), three tackles, two marks and one behind in Saturday's 76-75 loss to Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui confirmed his status as the best ruckman in the league with another dominant performance Saturday. He finished with 24 hitouts to go with seven clearances and six score involvements. After a few seasons littered with injury, this has been a statement season for the big man, capped off by his selection to the All-Australian team.
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Makes impact in win
RWest Coast Eagles
September 10, 2020
Naitanui made 33 hitouts to go with nine clearances and 18 disposals (12 kicks, six handballs) from Thursday's 65-50 win over Saint Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui got the better of both Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall to put up one of his more productive performances of the season. When his team needed it most, key players stepped up for the Eagles like Naitanui to secure their place in the finals despite a host of injuries to key players. With the injury crisis still around, Naitanui will need to stay sharp heading into the finals.
Scores in win
RWest Coast Eagles
August 23, 2020
Naitanui scored one goal and one behind while also making 28 hitouts and completing seven clearances during Sunday's 61-49 win over Greater Western Sydney Giants.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui had one of his better all-around showings of the season to hand Giants another loss. Despite dipping below 30 disposals for the first time in five matches, Naitanui had one of his most productive matches in months and looks primed to play a big role for the in-form Eagles.
Logs 41 hitouts in win
RWest Coast Eagles
August 9, 2020
Naitanui logged 41 hitouts and made seven clearances during Sunday's 72-50 win over Carlton.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui had one of his more productive performances of the season as he seemingly grows into each round while the Eagles climb the ladder. Though he doesn't rank among the top scoring rucks, Naitanui is still someone to keep an eye on for how important he is to his team's success.
Stamps class on victory
RWest Coast Eagles
August 3, 2020
Naitanui ended with 10 disposals (six kicks, four handballs) and three tackles in Saturday's 73-64 victory over the Cats.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui continues to look better with each outing, turning in a classy performance as the Eagles held on in a thriller in the West. As a ruckman who typically leads the team in clearances, Naitanui is somewhat of an enigma and certainly gives the Eagles a spark out of the center. He has managed to string multiple games together, something that has proven difficult over the past couple of years. Should he maintain his health, Naitanui will undoubtedly end the season as a fantasy stud.
Imposing in win
RWest Coast Eagles
July 4, 2020
Naitanui scored one behind in addition to collecting 39 hitouts and making seven clearances during Friday's 77-43 win over Sydney Swans.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui was hard to deal with for Swans, who are dealing with problematic injuries to to their ruck position. As the lead grew, Naitanui only got better while his opponents became tired and remained outgunned. Through this win, Naitanui should remain a consistent presence in the coming Rounds, especially if he can help his team collect more victories.