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Highway robbery in the high country

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July 17, 2017

Seymour overcame a 44-point deficit to defeat Mansfield with minutes to spare in a high country robbery.

The Eagles kicked nine goals in a scintillating first quarter, but getting back to the grind was all Brent Colbert wanted his Lions to do after quarter-time.

Rory Scopel put the Lions ahead with two minutes left to seal the remarkable comeback and virtually end the Eagles’ finals chances.

‘‘It was an incredible result, they were terrific in the first quarter, but then we just kept fighting and eventually got the win,’’ Colbert said.

‘‘There was two ways that I could have went about it at quarter-time, I could of given them a spray or, like I did, told them to keep grinding and just work at lessening the margin.’’

Ben Clifton began the fightback with two goals in two minutes at the start of the second term as the Lions kicked five goals to one in that quarter.

Colbert’s men fought back to three goals down at the main break and edged a goal ahead at three-quarter-time.

It was frantic football in the final term with the sides exchanging goals, before Scopel emerged as the hero.

‘‘It was a terrific win, Scopel kicked four, but even talking to him after the game we reckon he didn’t have one of his best games,’’ Colbert said.

Big men do not get any smaller and Colbert said ruckman Brandyn Grenfell was tremendous in the second half.

‘‘It was a super performance, he stood up and took some big marks and kicked a few goals for us when the game was there to be won,’’ Colbert said.

Mansfield coach Cameron Hotton, who has been after a four-quarter performance all year, was disappointed his side could not continue its dominant first quarter.

‘‘It is the best football that we have played all year,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘It is disappointing because it showed what we can do when we are firing, but after quarter-time we played totally opposite.’’

Collingwood VFL player Nick Gray was the Eagles’ best again, starring from midfield with two goals.

‘‘He was brilliant, he set up the game for us in the first quarter, but our inconsistency keeps letting us down,’’ Hotton said.

The Eagles fell four wins outside the six in eighth position with six games to go, while the Lions are fifth with nine wins.

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