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Pressure takes Bushrangers down

Murray Bushrangers have suffered defeat in a low-scoring TAC Cup clash against Gippsland Power after succumbing to the Power's intense pressure.

DAMEN FRANCIS April 7, 2014 3:05am

Rebounding defender Dan Howe was among Murray Bushrangers’ best in Saturday’s defeat to Gippsland Power.

In the cauldron of TAC Cup football, it’s often a case of out-pressuring the opposition or being out-pressured.

Murray Bushrangers bowed to Gippsland Power’s superior intensity at Highgate Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

The Bushrangers went down by 25 points in a low-scoring encounter and coach Darren Ogier admitted being second-best in one area was enough to be second-best overall.

‘‘They really did a job on us pressure-wise and we couldn’t do the basics as well as we needed to and would have liked,’’ Ogier said.

‘‘They made the most of their opportunities and we are going to have to be a lot better with our skills going forward.

‘‘The amount of times we kicked the ball straight to the opposition was concerning.’’

Scores were even at the first break, but the Power got an early jump on the Bushrangers, with the first three goals of the game.

The Bushrangers got them back, but only managed two more for the rest of the match to lose 9.10 (64) to 5.9 (39).

After struggling to run out the game against Bendigo Pioneers in their season opener, the Bushrangers were in better shape at the final siren second time out.

However, the reduced intensity, smaller side and cooler temperature may have been contributing factors, but it was nevertheless one area of encouragement.

‘‘It was a step in the right direction on that side of things, but the rest of the performance wasn’t great,’’ Ogier said.

‘‘They pressured us hard early and we were able to get it out the back and get it forward that way, but we struggled to do that for the rest of the three quarters.’’

Ruckman Isaac Muller was once again a standout, regularly giving his teammates a good look at the clearances, and rebounding defender Dan Howe also continued his stellar start to the season.

Mooroopna’s Nathan Drummond spent more time on-ball than the previous week and was lively with two goals, while Seymour forward Josh Schache booted the other three.

Tom Holman also impressed, spending much of the game across half-back.

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