Following last week's defeat to Calder Cannons, Murray Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier has made several changes in a bid to get back to winning ways against NSW-ACT Rams.DAMEN FRANCIS May 9, 2014 3:15am
Finley’s Al Clarke showed once again last week he is up to TAC Cup level, with a good performance in Murray Bushrangers’ loss to Calder Cannons.
Murray Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier has rung the changes ahead of tomorrow’s crunch TAC Cup clash at Lavington Sports Ground.
The Bushrangers slipped to a 2-3 win-loss record with last week’s 50-point defeat to a powerful Calder Cannons outfit.
Ogier was keen to bounce back and even the ledger going into the competition-wide bye next week.
‘‘We’ve identified some areas we came unstuck and tried to rectify them,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘The scoreboard tells us we got a shellacking, but we were pretty happy with the effort after quarter-time.
‘‘It’s mainly areas where we’re under pressure and it’s about using our hands and our skills more efficiently.’’
Standing in the Bushrangers’ way is northern rival NSW-ACT Rams.
The Rams were competitive in their first outing of the season against Dandenong Stingrays last week, going down by 29 points.
They also claimed a two-point win in a trial match against Victoria Country squad team at Princes Park in Melbourne three weeks ago.
‘‘We played NSW in a practice game early on in pre-season and they have a couple of (Australian Institute of Sport) kids running around,’’ Ogier said.
‘‘They’re a high possession team, with a lot of big strong kids out of the Sydney academy, so it will be a bit of a test.
‘‘It’s a big opportunity, so hopefully the boys can take it.’’
The Bushrangers welcome back key trio Josh Schache (hamstring soreness) Dan Howe and Dylan McDonald (both concussion) from injury, while Michael Duncan earns a recall.
Young journeyman Lachlan Tiziani will make his TAC Cup debut as the 23rd man.
Originally from Broken Hill, Tiziani moved to Albury, partly for football, and has impressed with his mobility and skills, particularly in the forward line.
Bottom age players Lachie Leeds, Shaun Mannagh, Jake Marshall and Nate Trotter have been rested and are available to play for their home clubs.
Mooroopna ruckman Alex Tattersall has been omitted.
After giving up five goals to quarter-time last week, the Bushrangers will be out to make a better start against the Rams.
Mooroopna’s Nathan Drummond continued his sensational start to the season against the Cannons, with 31 possessions, eight handball receives, nine marks and a remarkable 12 tackles.
Finley’s Al Clarke had 20 disposals at 70 per cent efficiency, with six marks and three tackles.
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