Riley Thilthorpe slammed five straight goals in his first AFL debut, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks roared back.

No.2 pick Riley Thilthorpe’s stunning debut performance has been overshadowed by an incredible second-half comeback by Hawthorn against the Adelaide Crows.

Alastair Clarkson‘s men trailed by 32 points midway through the third quarter before running out 15. 12. (102) to 16. 3. (99) winners in a frantic finish.

Young gun Jacob Koschitzke was sensational up forward with five goals, matching Thilthorpe’s incredible debut performance at the other end.

After being held out of the side for the first five weeks of the season, Thilthorpe was barely sighted in his first quarter of AFL football before bursting to life with two goals in as many minutes in the second quarter.

Thilthorpe’s five goals was the highest tally ever from a Crows debutant. The 200cm young gun finished with 16 disposals and five marks to go along with his five majors.

The 18-year-old’s sensational debut performance caught the eyes of a number of AFL greats.

“The way that (he’s) moving at the moment, he might be a permanent forward,” ex-Saints star Nick Dal Santo told Fox Footy.

“We’ve seen him up on the wing at over 200cm, he’s a bag of tricks at the moment and playing brilliant football.”

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“We are seeing something here – the emergence of a future star,” Hawthorn icon Jason Dunstall added.

St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt also praised Adelaide for holding Thilthorpe out for the first few weeks in a similar fashion to what the Western Bulldogs have done with No.1 pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

“That’s the benefit at times of making these high draft picks wait,” he told Fox Footy.

“Get hungry, round their game out a little bit so when you bring them in you set them up to succeed, not fail.

“He’s jumped on board with a forward line that’s functioning unbelievably efficiently.”

After being smashed through the first three quarters, Hawthorn got back into the game through its high-powered midfield due of Jaeger O’Meara and Tom Mitchell.

O’Meara led all Hawks with 31 disposals, six marks and five tackles, while Mitchell was as his industrious best in Hawthorn’s engine room with 25 disposals.

Adelaide’s efforts were led by Ben Keays (31 disposals, 13 tackles) and Rory Laird (32 disposals), while Taylor Walker continued his renaissance with another three goals.

Hawthorn will aim to win consecutive games for the first time in 2021 when they take on St Kilda at Marvel Stadium next Saturday, while Adelaide will also play its next match on Saturday, hosting the GWS Giants at the Adelaide Oval.

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