ARARAT all but ended Minyip-Murtoa’s hopes of playing finals in 2018 with a convincing 38-point win at Alexandra Oval.
The Rats jumped out of the blocks to lead by 39-points at half-time before the scoreboard read 10.12 (72) to 4.10 (34) at the final siren.
Rats coach Shane Fisher said it was good to return to the winners list.
“We were just happy to get the four points to keep that buffer there because it looked as though we were putting ourselves in a scary position,” he said.
“We played some really good footy early which practically set us up for the rest of the day. Our attack on the football was hard and we made sure we were accountable.”
Minyip-Murtoa were able to stop the lead from growing throughout the second half as both sides ended the game with depleted benches.
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Dan Mendes and Baydn Cosgriff did not finish the game for the Rats while Burras coach Damian Cameron appeared to injure his hamstring.
Fisher praised the work of Harry Ganley and Nick Mendes in the win.
“Harry provided a lot of grunt through the midfield,” he said. “Riley Taylor also gave us a lot of run and Tom Mills was very important for us.
“Across the board we had a lot of passengers last week and we put a bit of heat on them pre-game, then everyone did what was required.”
The win allowed the Rats to remain four points clear of the Horsham Saints wile the Burras are eight points and percentage outside of the top five with three rounds left to play.