The Courier-Mail

Lions don’t want to be din­ner for Dogs


BRIS­BANE cap­tain Tom Rock­liff claims the Lions must learn to han­dle the in­tense heat of bat­tle to avoid be­ing cannon fod­der for fi­nals­bound sides.

The Lions will face the red­hot Western Bull­dogs at the Gabba on Satur­day af­ter­noon in the club’s fi­nal game of a hor­ror 2015 cam­paign.

The Bull­dogs were bril­liant in the fi­nal term of their win over fel­low top-eight side North Mel­bourne on Satur­day night.

The Dogs can sneak into the top-four if they score a per- cen­t­age-boost­ing win over Bris­bane and other re­sults fall their way.

It is the last thing Bris­bane need to hear af­ter a 72-point loss to pre­miers Hawthorn in Launce­s­ton on Satur­day, which fol­lowed the 87-point de­feat at the hands of con­firmed Septem­ber pro­tag­o­nists Ade­laide the round be­fore.

Rock­liff (pic­tured) said the bru­tal fin­ish to the sea­son against three top-eight teams was a timely re­minder of how far Bris­bane had to go.

“Our ex­e­cu­tion un­der pres­sure re­ally lets us down,’’ said Rock­liff.

“When you can’t con­trol the footy and you keep turn­ing it over against these elite sides, the score­board gets away from you.”

Af­ter Bris­bane took a 17point lead into quar­ter-time of the Round 22 clash, Hawthorn kicked 14 of the next 15 goals.

Rock­liff fin­ished with 45 dis­pos­als, 14 tack­les, 11 clear­ances, one goal and 19 con­tested pos­ses­sions.

He had 17 touches to his name by quar­ter-time to set a new per­sonal best for a quar­ter.

The 45 dis­pos­als equalled the record for the most dis­pos­als for a sin­gle game in Launce­s­ton, which was set by Suns skip­per Gary Ablett.

Bris­bane coach Justin Lep­pitsch said Rock­liff led by ex­am­ple but the Lions left too much, to too few.

“He got us away in the first quar­ter but we prob­a­bly didn’t have enough con­trib­u­tors to fol­low him,’’ Lep­pitsch said.

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