Albury Tigers told to turn up heat

ALBURY co-coach Daniel Maher has put the Tigers on notice ahead of Saturday’s trip to Myrtleford.

He said they couldn’t afford a slip-up after their 23-point win over Lavington.

Albury handed the Panthers with their first loss of the season on Saturday but Maher warned his troops not to undo that good work with a poor performance against the winless Saints.

Myrtleford famously upset the Tigers in 2012, a fact not lost on the coaching staff.

“We certainly want the momentum to continue,” Maher said.

“It doesn’t matter where you play, if you don’t show up with your A-game in this competition, you’ll get turned up.

“Myrtleford has certainly stretched us a couple of times.

“But, hopefully, we can build on the confidence from today.”

The Tigers are yet to taste defeat this year but are also yet to dominate a game in its entirety.

Maher said an area that lifted markedly at the weekend was “our midfield pressure”.

“The last few weeks we’ve been more offensive than defensive in there.

“We just asked the midfield blokes to grab a man and do the little things we haven’t done the last few weeks.”

Some gloss was taken off the Tigers’ win, with young defender Andrew Dennis suffering a knee injury that could be serious. Maher said the club would find out more this week.

“It may be a hyper-extension but he’s heard a noise,” Maher said.

“We’re hoping for the best, we’ll get it assessed and go from there.”

All Australians Josh Maher and Luke Wells were late withdrawals for the Tigers because of illness but should return this week.

“When Josh rings me at 7.15 on a Saturday morning, you know something is wrong,” Maher said with a laugh.

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