HE might be the sort of player who flies under the radar more often than not, but Richmond forward Matt White wasted no time stepping into the spotlight in the Tigers’ NAB Cup win over Essendon at Wangaratta on Saturday.
The Tigers had the first centre break of the match when recycled ruckman Orren Stephenson bombed the ball to centre half forward, where it was swooped on by White, who took a couple of quick steps before sinking his boot into the ball from 55m.
The Sherrin sailed through the uprights, giving the Tigers the perfect start a nine-point super goal inside the first 30 seconds of play.
White went on to be one of Richmond’s best players over the course of the eight-point victory, finishing with 11 kicks, four handballs, three tackles, one super goal and one regular goal, and spoke exclusively to the Wangaratta Chronicle after the game.
“I got a little bit lost in the third quarter out on the far side of the ground, but other than that I was pretty happy with how I went,” White said.
“I was pretty much told to just go out there and play.
“I was playing as a high forward, a little bit through the midfield, and that really gave me the licence to get up the ground, get back and just run all day.