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Kyabram due for loss, or so Mansfield coach Hotton hopes

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July 28, 2017

Kyabram was merciless on Saturday night, smashing Rochester by 116 goals. Despite Kyabram's continued dominance, Mansfield is positive about its turn against the powerhouse on Saturday.

The task facing Mansfield tomorrow is the toughest in country football at the moment.

Kyabram extended its winning streak to 35 on Saturday night, with a ruthless display culminating in an 116-point demolition of Rochester, and it is showing no signs of slowing down in the future.

But Eagles coach Cameron Hotton looks at the Bombers’ dominance from a different perspective.

‘‘Obviously they’re due for a loss,’’ he said.

‘‘Our last few games we’ve been good in patches, it’s just a matter of getting those to last longer.

‘‘We will go in positive and back ourselves.’’

After securing just two victories in the first 10 rounds Mansfield has hit some form of late, winning three of its past four games.

When coupled with the Eagles’ good showing in round four against the Bombers, all signs point to an exciting clash at Mansfield Recreation Reserve.

‘‘The first time we played them we had more inside 50s and centre clearances and if we hit our targets and convert, more we’re definitely a chance,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘Hopefully they come not switched on and we can jump them a bit.’’

Lachie Christopher has played the past two games in the reserves and should finally return to the senior side after seriously injuring his hamstring in round two, while James Herridge has also recovered from a foot issue.

And with a bye next week, Hotton will be pushing his charges to throw everything they have at their opponent.

‘‘It’s our last game before a break, so we’ll leave nothing on the track,’’ he said.

‘‘So hopefully the boys will be up for it mentally, because physically we’re all good.’’

As for Kyabram, coach Paul Newman knows it is not the time to take the foot off of the pedal as finals draw closer.

‘‘Including this one, there’s only four games left before finals to fine tune our skills and make sure we’re ready for September,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re going to be hard to beat up there as they always are, they’ve got a fantastic midfield and last time they beat us around the ground.

‘‘We’re at our best when we’re hitting targets by hand and foot, so as long as we use the ball well (we will play well).’’

Aaron Hayes returned from injury last week against the Tigers and will benefit from the match fitness, with Kyabram likely to go into tomorrow unchanged.

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