THE Murray Bushrangers made a poor start to their TAC Cup campaign when they went down to Gippsland Power by 44 points at Swinburne Centre on Sunday.
After trailing by 15 points at half-time, the Bushrangers were blown away in the second-half with coach Leon Higgins disappointed with a lack of defensive pressure.
The loss was compounded by injuries to Zane Barzen (ankle), Charlie Hill (hip) and Jacob Koschitzke (foot).
Koschitzke, who had played well, was iced up at three-quarter-time as a precautionary measure after an opponent landed on his foot.
“It was a very disappointing display,” Higgins said.
“They took control late in the third quarter and we had no defensive part of our game.
“We looked tired before half-time to be honest.”
Lachie Ash was creative across half-back for the Bushrangers while Riley Bice kicked two goals and created some anxious moments for the Power defence.