IT took just 10 minutes for the Geelong Falcons to consign the Murray Bushrangers to their third defeat in a row on Saturday.
After being just about square at half-time, the Falcons found an extra gear in the third quarter to win by 32 points.
“It was the same 23 players they had in the second half and the same 23 we had, but they were much more relentless and worked a lot harder than we did in the third quarter,” Bushies coach Darren Ogier said.
“They stepped up and we were unable to match it and we paid the price.
“They probably had a really good 10 or 15 minutes early in the third and that’s where they won it.
“At a critical time they were cleaner and harder, their intensity was better and they got the rewards.”
The Bushrangers lost Yarrawonga’s Dan Howe early to an ankle injury and Nathan Drummond to hamstring tightness.
Michael Reidy also suffered a late concussion.
The Bushrangers fielded four debutants, with Myrtleford’s Ryley Sharp impressing most.
Nick Mellington was again impressive and will be rewarded for his efforts with a call up to play VFL for Richmond.