Crunch time for Murray Bushrangers

THE Murray Bushrangers have made 13 changes to play the Western Jets in their TAC Cup clash at Norm Minns Oval on Sunday.

With national commitments complete, coach Darren Ogier has an embarrassment of riches to choose from with Benalla’s Caleb Marchbank and Nick Mellington, Rennie’s Dan Howe and North Albury’s Isaac Muller heading the inclusions.

Ogier said crunch time had arrived with his team sitting outside the top- eight.

“Following some great performances over the last month, it is now an opportunity for our senior group to return and have an immediate impact,” Ogier said.

“A number of these boys have had exposure either through the national carnival or the VFL.

“It’s now time for these boys to make their mark on the TAC Cup season.

“While we have seen good signs over recent weeks, reality is we are ninth on the ladder and need to start winning games to earn the right to play finals.

“At this stage of the season our priority to reach the finals, with five games remaining it is important we play well this weekend against a very strong opponent.”

Congupna’s Luke Smith will make his debut after suffering several injury setbacks early in the season.

The match starts at noon.

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