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Lions sizing up more prey

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April 21, 2017

After a round-one road victory against Rochester, Seymour will be confident of remaining undefeated when it lures Mansfield into its Kings Park den on Sunday.

Superstar Saad Saad returned to the Goulburn Valley with a bang to snare four goals, while Jason Cole ran rings around his Tiger opponents.

‘‘It was definitely a great performance, we’ve done a lot of hard work and the result looked after itself,’’ Lions coach Brent Colbert said.

‘‘We need to win again, though, this week to make big wins like that really count.’’

Colbert will have a massive headache at the selection table tonight, with Hugh Robertson returning from holiday and Andrew Sturgess and Lachie Waite available for selection.

‘‘It’s a tough one,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got three quality players to come back in, but all 21 against Rochy did their job.’’

A massive home crowd is expected for the Anzac weekend clash, with Colbert wary of the Eagles’ ability to start with a bang.

‘‘You can never take Mansfield for granted,’’ he said.

‘‘If we give them a sniff, they’ll capitalise and make it very tough for us.’’

Alex Hay will be monitored after suffering concussion last week, but with so much talent knocking on the door will most likely be given the week off.

Meanwhile, Mansfield coach Cameron Hotton was hopeful an eight-day break would help his side recharge after a draining slog against Tatura in round one.

‘‘We struggled to run out the game and were mentally tired as well in the end,’’ he said.

‘‘We lost our run, started to play a bit more stop-start footy, and bombed it into the forward line.

‘‘We don’t really have the players for that style of play, so we have to keep more focused.’’

The Eagles’ returning star Brett Mahoney had a day out against the Bulldogs and should dominate once again, while Hotton’s side could be boosted by the inclusion of Jamie Sheahan and Luke Walsh, who finished first and second in last year’s best-and-fairest.

‘‘Luke will hopefully be ready for this week and Jamie is unlikely, but should be back for next week,’’ Hotton said.

‘‘We had a couple of sore boys, but after an eight-day break they should be okay.’’

Hotton acknowledged defeating the Lions, and the mercurial Saad, would be a tough task, but had faith in his charges.

‘‘Seymour are a well-drilled side and they’ll be hard to beat,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve spoken about him (Saad) and we’ll have someone go to him initially along with plans in place after we see how they go.

‘‘We know on our day that we can beat anyone, so hopefully with a team effort we can come away with the points.’’

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