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Watson’s return perfect timing

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July 07, 2017

It is all happening at Tigerland this week.

With Nathan Marrone and Steven Stroobants key exits from the side to play for Victoria County, Rochester gains a veteran back for tomorrow’s match against Seymour.

Captain Ash Watson will return to the side having not played since round four against Euroa, with Tigers coach James Flaherty saying his return had come at the right time.

‘‘He’s probably one of the upsides, he’ll most likely come in as long as he gets through training,’’ he said.

‘‘For him it’s been quite a while for his hamstring to recover, but he’s been training fully for two or three weeks.

‘‘He’s been on edge for a while now (to return to play), so it’ll be good to get our captain back especially with those two out.’’

Sam Brennan is another key inclusion, after the big man missed against Mansfield last week having left the field early against Mooroopna the week prior.

The loser of this match is in danger of dropping out of the six, should Echuca cause an upset against Euroa.

With the Tigers and the Lions on seven wins each, Seymour coach Brent Colbert was looking for his side to repeat last Saturday’s intensity, despite the loss.

‘‘We’ll focus on bringing the effort that we showed last week against Shepparton because the side we have on the weekend is pretty much the side available for the rest of the year,’’ he said.

Colbert said the side had quickly moved on from the sudden retirement of leading goal-kicker Saad Saad, with Ben Clifton to slot into the forward line.

‘‘Clifton’s back and he’s a goal-kicker for us so he’ll play down there and Hughie Robertson kicked four goals last week, so he’ll stay up there,’’ he said.

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