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Saints limping more after Bulldogs bite

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August 28, 2017

After rallying the troops at the main break, injured coach Jamason Daniels watched his side kick four goals to two in the third quarter.

Benalla continues its limp into the Goulburn Valley League finals after suffering its fourth straight loss on Saturday.

Tatura, who only had pride to play for at home, outclassed an injury-ravaged Benalla by 11 points.

Mitch Elliott finished the season in style with three goals from midfield, while Aidan Maher slotted two as the Bulldogs edged 11 points ahead at half-time.

After rallying the troops at the main break, injured coach Jamason Daniels watched his side kick four goals to two in the third quarter.

Inaccuracy again cost the Saints, with the visitors kicking 11 behinds from 17 scoring shots.

In the past three weeks the Saints have kicked 10 more behinds than goals and a lack of experience may be to blame.

‘‘We are a young side, we might not be taking our opportunities at the right time, instead, maybe we should be passing the ball,’’ Saints coach Luke Morgan said.

‘‘But now we are in finals, it is a different ball game and we have to go in thinking that we can beat Seymour.’’

Midfielder James Martyn worked tirelessly for the Saints, as did David Mennen.

Mennen, who started across half-back, was shifted into the midfield after half-time with Morgan looking for added drive, but unfortunately for the Saints, it was not enough.

‘‘James and Sam Martyn were really good, David was terrific all over the ground and despite the loss, I think we have improved in recent weeks,’’ Morgan said.

‘‘Credit to Tatura, their run and spread from the contest was second to none, they outworked us and probably deserved the win.’’

The Bulldogs finished the season in ninth place with just five wins, while the Saints will front up again next week in an elimination final.

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