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Richmond win over Brisbane Lions, Noah Cumberland, highlights, draw against Fremantle, Damien Hardwick press conference

The time will come, the Cumberland will come.

It would have been incredibly easy for Noah Cumberland to stay on top of himself after last week’s tense ‘play-by-play’ call denied the Tigers a chance to win the game after the siren ended the game.

Instead, the 21-year-old kicked a game-high five goals against the Brisbane Lions to help them pull back from a 42-point deficit and return to the finals.

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“He was very flat on himself last week but it didn’t cost us the game, he probably kept us in it,” Richmond defender Nick Vlastin told Fox Footy after the game.

“He won us the game today with those five goals. He continues to put himself in those good positions to win the ball … we’re a better team with him in it.

Cumberland kicked 11 goals in his first five AFL games and is set to become one of the biggest steals from the 2019 draft.

Ironically, it was the Lions who were able to snag Cumberland as an academy product, but instead chose not to match the Tigers’ bid at No.43.

Cumberland’s performance on Sunday may have come as a surprise to onlookers, but not to those in the club who know the hard-working boy.

“He’s a pretty carefree guy. You hang on him and he hangs on you,” Vlastin said.

“We hung up on him a bit but with a good laugh because we knew he would take it well.

“You almost have to laugh about it rather than talk about it. We’ve been around him and he’s a good kid.

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His performance earned him not only the praise of his teammates, but also a sharp contrast from coach Damien Hardwick.

“That first goal I thought was kicked when he ran into three players, I thought Leigh Matthews was in the pack for a minute,” he lamented.

“I have to give credit to the kid, he’s been incredible since he came in, he’s been a little raw, he’s put in the work, he’s driven himself, he’s responsible for his own development and for me that’s the mark of his play.”

Asked to expand on his improvement at Cumberland, Hardwick added: “He’s always been a beast of a player, athletic qualities, but maybe a bit slow like most Queensland kids in general football IQ stuff, but he’s worked incredibly hard.” That part of the game.

“He’s diligent, he’s got his notebook, he does his work, he watches tape and he loves it.”

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