MANSFIELD Eagles took the longish road trip to Kyabram on Saturday, and played out of their skins for three quarters of the game.
However, despite this endeavor they fell to a 52-point defeat.
Bombers coach David Williams was very aware that his players should not be complacent before the Eagles match and he was right to be wary.
The Eagles arrived ready to play and from the start probably played the best three quarters of football for their year.
After leading by seven and four points, Mansfield hit the last quarter leading by nine points against the reigning premiers.