Not Dogs’ day

May 01, 2018

The Bulldogs Brad Ryan spoils the marking attempt of Tiger Rhys Free.

A lot can happen in a week.

From the highs of beating Shepparton last week, Tatura was defeated by a motivated Rochester in search of a win in Dylan Cuttriss’ 200th game.

The Bulldogs were flat from the opening, unable to score in the first term, and coach Jamason Daniels said early signs pointed to it being a difficult day for his side.

‘‘I guess it was probably just an indication of our mindset and the way we turned up, it was a tough day and you’ve got to give Rochy credit for executing its game plan, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the wheels turning,’’ he said.

‘‘I think the boys maybe took for granted how well we played last week and didn’t take that mindset into this week.’’

Keeping Tatura scoreless in the first term was just the beginning of the headaches Rochester’s defence caused, with Tigers coach James Flaherty at the forefront.

‘‘We’ve sort of changed it up with personnel and we’re defending the best we can with that group — and the midfield putting pressure on the ball carrier helps,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘After their win against Shepp we knew it was going to be a tough game, but I’m really happy with three quarters, they got on top in the second, but apart from that I’m happy.’’

Tatura put up a fight in the second term to work itself back into the contest with Brandyn Grenfell scoring one of his three goals and Matt Ryan also chiming in with a major.

But there was only one other goal-scorer for Tatura, with Andrew Ciavarella putting his name on the scoreboard.

Steven Stroobants was a heavy contributor in Rochester’s 14-point win with two goals during a spirited performance, while Jackson McEwen impressed after transferring from Leitchville-Gunbower.

‘‘He’s been building over the first four weeks and has huge potential with his running capacity and uses the ball well,’’ Flaherty said.

Tatura never came close to putting together the performance it was hoping for, but still managed to trail by just four points at the final change with Brad Ryan and Linc Wellington pushing hard.

Daniels said his side would be looking to return to the intensity it produced against Shepparton when it travels to Mansfield next round.

‘‘I think if there are any positives it’s that I don’t think we played anywhere near our best footy,’’ Daniels said.

‘‘If someone watched us play last week and then at the weekend they would have thought we were two different sides.’’

The Bulldogs will be missing Mitch Elliott for that contest, with a shoulder injury likely to keep him out for at least four weeks.

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