Ground: Natimuk Showground, Saturday, 2.20pm.
Umpires: D. Hutchins, K. Dalgleish and J. Taylor.
Last time they met: Round 10, 2013. Natimuk United 12.8 (80) d Pimpinio 7.15 (57).
NATIMUK United faced a do-or-die test against Noradjuha-Quantong at the weekend and excelled.
On Saturday, the Rams host Pimpinio at Natimuk Showground and are hoping for a similarly inspired performance.
The team is seventh on the ladder.
Coach Tim Friend identified its next three matches as ‘must win’ in order to remain in the finals race midway through the season.
On paper, Saturday's meeting with the Tigers looks like a straightforward win, but Friend said his team could not afford to take any of its matches for granted.
“We’ve got games against Pimpinio, then Rup and Taylors Lake after the interleague break. If we win all three of those we’ll be back to 5-4,” he said.
“We found out last year that we can’t take Pimpinio easily.
“We’ve got to try and get on top from the start and break their confidence.”
There is bad news for the Rams with captain Callum Cameron ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.
Cameron thought he had badly sprained his ankle in Saturday’s win against the Bombers, but scans revealed his leg was broken.
Pimpinio coach Mal Coutts said his side would focus on improving just as it did each week.
Matt Wilcox is a possible inclusion after two weeks on the sidelines.