Richmond vice-captain Toby Nankervis has been placed on report for allegedly kneeing North Melbourne youngster Flynn Perez in the head.

The incident in question occurred during the opening quarter of the match between North Melbourne and Richmond, with Nankervis seen scuffling with the 20-year-old before lifting his knee and supposedly making contact with Perez's head.

The officiating umpire noted to Nankervis that the report had been made for the off-ball incident.

"That's a free kick, Toby you've been reported for kneeing in the head, rough conduct," the umpire was heard saying to Nankervis.

With the report taken, the Match Review Officer will assess the incident and confirm any charges from the match on Sunday evening.

Should Nankervis' actions be assessed as intentional, the 27-year-old could face scrutiny by the MRO, however analyst Leigh Montagna struggled to see much malice in the altercation.

"There's not a lot in it at all, to be honest," Montagna said of the incident on Fox Footy. "There certainly doesn't seem to be much in it.

"I don't have a lot of faith in matchday reports."

Any suspension would place the Tigers' ruckman in danger of missing upcoming matches against Fremantle, Brisbane or Port Adelaide.

North Melbourne held a seven-point buffer over the Tigers at quarter time in their first match without David Noble.