Lions pick up pace to slaughter Tigers

LET’S get this out of the way first — zip, zero, zilch.

That’s how many points Cobram scored in its Murray League clash at the weekend as opponents Mulwala stormed away to a 166-point win.

There’s not much that can be said, other than next week is another game.

But for Mulwala co-coach Ben James it was all about the way the Lions had responded to a relatively slow start to their season.

The Lions lost their opening game to Deniliquin and made amends last week against Congupna, but wayward kicking and pressuring their opponents were high on the coaches’ agenda.

“We made a real point of our tackling pressure after last week,” James said.

“We wanted our tackle count up and our pressure up and I think we really got that going.

“We had 65 tackles, and two or three players getting double figures — there was pressure from the first bounce to the last siren which was really fantastic.”

James said wayward kicking was also a target for the club, with a total of 32 behinds in the opening two rounds.

But Chase Strawhorn looked a different prospect in front of goal, bagging a haul of 11 majors.

“That was probably our biggest positive out of the day,” James said.

“And one of the biggest things we’ve wanted to turn around because it can really cost you.

“Chase knew that — he’s a proven goal kicker but just had to straighten himself up, he’s been doing extra work in training and that really showed at the weekend.”

There was plenty of support for Strawhorn with Will Farrer chiming in with six of his own goals.

Patrick Fittock at half back flank and full back Nathan Mcnair were standouts, while Cam Carling in the centre and Jarrod O’Shea in ruck put in solid performances.

“It was just an even spread,” James said.

“The half backs really set us up well, they made a point not to let it go past them.

“And Mcnair ended up with 12 to 15 possessions, he played really well and he’s only 18.

“Josh Hammond and Strawhorn have led the way as vice-captains.”