Dominant Dees shape as Tigers’ biggest test of 2017

MIDFIELD MANAGER: Mitch McKenna's efficient use of the footy in the midfield will be key for Orange on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
MIDFIELD MANAGER: Mitch McKenna's efficient use of the footy in the midfield will be key for Orange on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The Dubbo Demons, in Dubbo.

This is it for the Orange Tigers – the litmus test, the yardstick, the gauge.

Call it whatever you want, Saturday’s trip to South Dubbo Oval to take on the undefeated competition leaders is the Tigers’ first real test of where they are as a side, and how they’ll stack up against the competition’s top sides.

Although the Tigers were beaten by the Bathurst Bushrangers Rebels earlier this season, it was the first round so either side’s performance could hardly be considered a prediction of things to come.

Now, with two consectuive wins under their belt and confidence at a premium, the Tigers can get a true indication of their ability and potential.

“Dubbo this weekend is our first real road trip, it’ll be tough and good time to get together and really gauge where we are compared to a team that, realistically, is a bit more advanced than we are right now,” Tigers coach Dale Hunter said.

One area the Tigers must improve on is their accuracy at goal. In the last two weeks, the Orange side has booted a whopping 45 behinds, to their 27 goals.

That’s not something they can continue against a rock-solid Demons defensive unit.

First bounce is at 2.30pm at South Dubbo Oval.