Lethar­gic Lions put to sword by Port

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON LIONS POWER

CHRIS Fa­gan faces the first ma­jor chal­lenge of his coach­ing ca­reer.

The Lions of old reared its ugly head in an 83-point hiding by Port Ade­laide at the Gabba.

The Power are fly­ing and the mar­gin alone is not cause for ma­jor con­cern for a de­vel­op­ing side like Bris­bane.

But the na­ture of the 22.18 (150) to 10.7 (67) loss was a ma­jor step back­wards.

Turnovers were again a ma­jor prob­lem but Fa­gan can live with that for now.

But the ma­jor fea­ture of the per­for­mance was poor ef­fort and at­ti­tude.

The Power never draw well at the Gabba and the crowd of 13,638 was a bad re­sult for the Lions.

How­ever, those who stayed at home and watched on TV would be feel­ing jus­ti­fied.

Fa­gan’s coun­ter­part Ken Hink­ley is fond of say­ing you get what you de­serve in footy and those words rang true for Bris­bane.

Fa­gan has vowed to be loyal and pa­tient with his young side and they have flour­ished un­der his nur­tur­ing na­ture.

But they can ex­pect and de­serve a good old fash­ion bak­ing for what they dished up.

None of the spirit they demon­strated in a brave loss to reign­ing pre­miers the Western Bulldogs last week was on dis­play.

Port Ade­laide’s ball move­ment is slick but they also gave Bris­bane a les­son in blue col­lar work ethic.

Their pressure was ex­cep­tional, Bris­bane’s non-ex­is­tent.

For the first time this sea­son their se­nior mid­field­ers slipped back to self­ish ball chas­ing habits that were a fea­ture of the past two years.

The Lions’ de­fen­sive set ups and ef­fort at stop­pages were ter­ri­ble. Al­though the clear­ance bat­tle was even, Port were al­lowed to waltz the ball away.

First-year player Jar­rod Berry, who played a closecheck­ing role on Brad Ebert in the first half, was the only Lion to pay any re­spect to his op­po­nent. BRIS­BANE V PORT ADE­LAIDE 2.2 3.4 7.5 10.7 7.4 11.11 18.14 22.18 GOALS

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