Bushies need the early burst

Bushrangers' Dylan McDonald walks off during a recent clash against Eastern Ranges. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

Bushrangers' Dylan McDonald walks off during a recent clash against Eastern Ranges. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

MURRAY Bushrangers coach Darran Ogier believes his team will have to reproduce last weekend’s intensity to defeat ladder-leader Oakleigh Chargers at Norm Minns Oval tomorrow.

The Bushrangers set up their surprise win over Sandringham with a brilliant first half.

“Often the city boys are slow out of the blocks when they come to Wangaratta and it is important that we start the game well,” Ogier said.

“We did that last week and will looking for a similar intensity against the Chargers this week.

“The Chargers are a quality side with good runners complemented with good height ... This will be one of the toughest challenges of the season.”

The Bushrangers will be without Joshua Schache, David Mennen and Dan Howe with Victorian Country commitments while Brydan Hodgson and Nathan Drummond are injured.

Benalla’s Caleb Marchbank will also be playing for Victoria Country in the second round of the national championships this weekend.

Jake Marshall, Shaun Mannagh, Jim Carroll, Tom Holman and Alex Tattersall are the inclusions for the Bushies.

At 200 centimetres, Tattersall will provide support for ruckman Isaac Muller as well as dropping back into defence.

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