The mood in the Seymour rooms after the match was one of relief, rather than elation.
Brent Colbert’s troops knew they had dodged a bullet after allowing Benalla to run all over them in the first half, and another performance of the like would not be accepted.
‘‘We played bad, but they (Benalla) made us play bad, their pressure was outstanding and they used the footy really well and were able to get some scoreboard pressure on,’’ Colbert said.
“Our guys, we fumbled, our skill levels were down, we didn’t defend well and we probably should have been further behind I felt.
‘‘If we do that against any of these sides left in the comp, we’re not going to be able to come back from it.’’
The class of the Lions eventually rose above though, with the likes of Ben Clifton and Jason Cole showcasing their penchant for a scrap, and Colbert was full of praise for his leaders.
‘‘Your leaders are just naturally going to stand up at the big moments and they were able to do that. Cliffo and Coley stood up, I thought Brent Ryan and Dyl (Dylan) Scopel sort of controlled the backline after that and I guess a lot of the boys just jumped on from there,’’ he said.
‘‘It wasn’t about moving magnets or anything at half-time, it was just about the guys, they just had to change their attitude really.
‘‘They were able to do that and we got the rewards that we set out to.’’
Seymour could be without its two main leaders next week, with Colbert and captain Matt O’Keefe finishing the game on the bench, but the coach was confident that would not be the case.
‘‘Matty’s fine, we had the game won at probably the 20-minute mark, so we brought him off, brought Jase off and my hammy just got pretty tight there through the game. I was going to go out and test it, but we started (to get on top), so I thought it was probably best to keep off it and get a good week into it and get out there next week,’’ Colbert said.
‘‘The job’s definitely not done, we’ll just prepare business as usual for next week.’’