Leo’s Tigers won’t be taking powerful Pies outfit lightly in round five of the Great Southern Football League

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Railways' Craig Frost is set to return for the Tigers this weekend against Denmark-Walpole.
Camera IconRailways' Craig Frost is set to return for the Tigers this weekend against Denmark-Walpole. Credit: Laurie Benson

Railways coach Troy Leo is wary of a potent Denmark-Walpole outfit when they meet the Magpies for the first time this season on Saturday.

The Magpies’ trip to Tigerland to take on the second-placed Tigers will headline round five of the Great Southern Football League.

The Tigers host an exciting Magpies side that contains former AFL star Ash McGrath along with a host of ex-WAFL players.

Mitch Green and Craig Frost return for the Tigers to shore up their defence, while they are also set to regain Leighton Smith.

Leo said he was looking forward to having a look at the Magpies for real after only seeing them in a pre-season practice match.

“It is definitely going to be a good test for us, they have a list of very handy players and are a good side,” he said.

“They have plenty of size and quality that we have to watch but we will just play how we have wanted to play all season to try and get the job done.

“They have talent spread all over the ground and we will have to get the right match-ups (in defence).”

Leo said a key to winning would be to apply pressure further up the ground to help his defenders against a tall and strong Magpies forward line.

The Magpies will lose giant full-forward Frank Stockley to a hamstring injury but they will be bouyed by the inclusion of classy duo Dionne Woods and Tyler Stone, both adding significant firepower to their front half.

Traditional rivals Royals and North Albany will do battle in the sole Sunday fixture at Centennial Stadium.

The Kangas will go into the clash with confidence after their come-from-behind victory in round three while the Lions are out to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.

In Saturday’s other fixture, Mt Barker will host Albany at Sounness Park.

It will be the first time Bulls trio Bryce Blaszkow, Mitch Jackson and Dylan Gowdie come up against their former side.

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