Greater Western Victoria Rebels coach Marc Greig has applauded his side’s ability to carry out instructions in its victory over Bendigo Pioneers on Saturday.
Played as the final leg of a TAC Cup triple-header at Mars Stadium, the Rebels charged clear after half time to win the clash by 36 points.
GWV trailed by eight points at the long break, but finished the game with nine goals to one.
Greig said the team had been instructed to kick more than handball in the wet and windy conditions, and despite a relatively similar ratio in the first half, followed that message with success in the third and fourth terms.
“That was really pleasing from all the coaching discussions we had,” Greig said.
The Rebels had more than 10 players out from their previous game due to commitments with St Patrick’s College in the Herald Sun Shield on Saturday.
While Greig praised another strong team effort, Charlie Wilson, Mitchell Martin and Toby Mahony were named as the standout players for the winners.
Greig said regular forward Wilson spent about three quarters in the midfield, but still managed two goals, while Martin was also used in an unfamiliar role in the centre. He kicked three majors.
Earlier on Saturday at Mars Stadium, Gippsland Power beat Murray Bushrangers and Dandenong Stingrays defeated Geelong Falcons.
The Rebels have a battle with the Oakleigh Chargers in the last weekend of the regular season next Saturday before they take part in the wildcard round. The clash against Oakleigh is part of a double-header at Mars.
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