In a team containing the midfield brilliance of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, and the all-round champion skills of 350-gamer Gary Ablett, it might seem incongruous to suggest a raw 33-gamer is one of Geelong's most pivotal players.

But Ratugolea sits in that group for the Cats.

Structurally, Ratugolea is crucial for Geelong's hopes this year, which was evident on Saturday night against Gold Coast.

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Injury Update (R5)

Simon Lloyd updates us on the status of the team. Presented by GMHBA

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Ratugolea wasn't a standout, but his second half – when he flew for several big marks and competed as a target up the ground – was critical in the Cats' 37-point victory.

The 21-year-old was rewarded for his efforts by featuring in the Round 5 coaches votes

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Goals of the week (R5)

Enjoy these cracking goals from our round 5 win over the Suns. Presented by The Gordon

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With Tom Hawkins the Cats' focal point deep in attack, Ratugolea needs to become more hit and less miss and be a consistent centre half-forward option if Geelong is to challenge for the flag.