The Courier-Mail

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNT

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The Lions need to switch on early. Before yesterday, Brisbane had been outscored by a competitio­nworst 129 points in the opening 10 minutes of quarters this season. In the second quarter St Kilda outscored Brisbane 24-0 in the opening 10 minutes.

The way Brisbane sunk back in their shell was best typified by Lewis Taylor. When he takes the game on, the Lions roar. But he started kicking and handpassin­g sideways and backwards too often to take the pressure off the Saints.

In the space of the first half, we saw Brisbane’s best and worst football. The gap between the two is as wide as the Grand Canyon. Justin Leppitsch’s red hair will be going a shade of grey soon. His game plan works, when his troops follow it. When they don’t, it’s diabolical.

Nick Riewoldt is an inspiratio­nal skipper for the ages. In his first game back after a nasty concussion, the St Kilda skipper and Queensland­er led from the front for the visitors with four goals and 10 marks. Smart, unselfish and courageous.

St Kilda’s David Armitage may be the prolific ball-winner in the AFL in 2015 but it was not enough to demand a hard tag yesterday. The Morningsid­e product ran without an opponent in between stoppages and only added to his bout of leather poisoning with 31 disposals.

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