Bushies slow to adapt as Jets get crucial win

GOING DOWN: Murray Bushrangers’ Matthew Brett loses his mouthguard and the ball on Saturday. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

MURRAY Bushrangers coach Darren Ogier says his side failed to adapt to the wet weather quickly enough on Saturday as they went down to the Western Jets by 63 points.

Playing in atrocious conditions at the Norm Minns Oval, the Bushrangers struggled to win the ball while the Jets made them pay.

The Bushrangers could manage only a single behind in the first term and by the half time break they were 38 points behind.

But the Jets continued to pile on the pain in the second half, kicking six goals without a miss in the third quarter to lead by 59 points at the final change.

While the match was all but over, the Bushrangers didn’t surrender and fought the match out, however, the Jets were always on top, winning 14.11 (95) to 4.8 (32).

Ogier said his side was simply outplayed by a more determined team.

“They were much better than us and worked harder than us,” he said.

“They were tremendous – they adapted quicker and their intent and attack on the ball was better than ours.

“We got better as the game went on but the damage was already done.

“They kicked six goals straight in the third quarter and that really shut the door.”

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