Murray Bushrangers face reality check at home

THE Murray Bushrangers will face one of their toughest tests of the TAC Cup season when they take on Sandringham Dragons at Wangaratta’s Norm Minns Oval tomorrow.

The Dragons have climbed to third spot on the ladder after seven rounds with coach Darren Ogier expecting a tough tussle.

“We demonstrated solid form in our last game and the boys took a lot of confidence out of the way they worked hard for each other in tough conditions,” Ogier said.

“The boys are really gelling together well and you can see a real energy at training that is pleasing the coaching staff.

“Having said that there is no bigger challenge in the TAC Cup than coming up against the Sandringham Dragons who last season had three players drafted in the top 10.”

Albury’s Nick Coughlan will return for his first TAC Cup match in 14 months after being struck down by injury last season while Benalla’s David Mennen has also been included.

The Bushrangers would have been buoyed by the form of Victorian Country’s Nathan Drummond (Mooroopna) and Caleb Marchbank (Benalla) in Victoria Country’s stirring win over their city counterparts during the national carnival.

The match starts at noon and is a curtain-raiser to the Ovens and Murray and Hampden league showdown.