The lessons from last week's loss to NAB League power side Sandringham were quite powerful for the Tasmania Devils.
That's the belief of AFL Tasmania's North-West talent manager Jamie Hayward, who on Friday was confident they would be able to put what they learnt into practice straight away in Saturday's catch-up game against Murray Bushrangers at Highgate Reserve.
"We feel like our boys have really hit the [training] track with an intent to come out this weekend in a better place after what they have learnt and we are expecting Tassie to be a better side for it,'' Hayward said when reflecting on the 28-point loss to the second-placed Dragons.
"From a football perspective, particularly the way Sandringham's midfield run and spread from the contest and the way that they moved with real intent was beneficial.
"The way that their midfield ran and spread and carried the football and prepare to take the football off the line and use that 45 kick and really push the trigger on without hesitation is something our boys can learn from.
"From what we have seen in terms of showing AFL attributes at the level, Sandringham really displayed that."
That experience, combined with some tweaks under the guidance of Mathew Armstrong [with the Devils' ball movement slightly different under his watch], is set to be quite helpful against the Bushrangers.
"We do expect it to be a competitive game one, but one we are capable of winning,'' Hayward said.
Saturday's game will start at 1pm.