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Dogs look forward to big task

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August 04, 2017

Tatura coach Jamason Daniels will be directing traffic from the sidelines for the rest of the season after re-injuring his quad.

Tatura Park will be treated to one of country Victoria’s best football sides when Kyabram travels to play the Bulldogs on Sunday.

The Bombers juggernaut continues to roll on this year and the reigning premier will be hoping to make it 37 straight victories, but that streak does not faze Bulldogs coach Jamason Daniels.

Daniels, who will be out for the rest of the year after re-injuring his quad, believed if his side’s mentality was right, it could match its performance in round five.

On that day the Bulldogs fell just four points short and Daniels was confident his side could offer more of the same.

‘‘It is going to be a tough game, but we have spoken about the match-ups and we know it is just as important to go into the game thinking we can win,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘Football is a game that is also played between the ears and I believe having the right mindset is key.’’

Livewire forward Sean Martin is a chance to return for the Bulldogs after overcoming an ankle injury, while Chris Ryan has been promoted after his performance in the reserves last week.

Meanwhile, Billy Burstin is a 50 per cent chance of featuring after overcoming soreness from his heroic effort a fortnight ago against Shepparton.

Burstin, who injured his wrist in the second quarter, flew back with the flight in the final quarter of the Bombers’ 16-point victory.

Despite their incredible winning run, Bombers coach Paul Newman believed his side was just starting to hit its straps with finals around the corner.

‘‘We are getting some guys back from injury, we are heading in the right direction and I feel we are using the ball a lot better,’’ Newman said.

Axel Childs and Patrick Wearden are also back in contention to feature on Sunday, while Jake Reeves and Hayden Gemmill will not be rushed, with the duo expected to return after the bye.

Remarkably the Bombers have only lost eight quarters out of a possible 60 this season, and two of those came against the Bulldogs in round five, with Newman preparing for a competitive clash.

‘‘It will be a really good game, last time they really pushed us,’’ Newman said.

‘‘They have some good players, but I just feel this time around we will need to get our hands on the ball a little more.

‘‘They kept the ball from us last time, they chipped it around, we’ll have to be first to the contest this weekend.’’

Daniels will have the opportunity to witness the Bombers juggernaut from the sidelines, a role that he does not mind doing.

‘‘Of course I would rather be out there playing with the boys, but being injured has given me the opportunity to reassess and look at things from a different perspective,’’ Daniels said.

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