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The Brisbane Lions have won a scrappy, arm-wrestle of a game at Metricon Stadium by 4 points, a game they came perilously close to losing.
Gold Coast Suns 11.8.74
Brisbane Lions 10.18.78
The Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns meet for the 16th instalment of the QClash on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match starting from 7:25PM (AEST).
The rivalry between the Lions and Suns has always been simmering away, however there’s nothing like a forthcoming meeting of the two sides to bring it to the boil. Touk Miller got things started a few days ago, reminding Dayne Zorko of the exorcism he performed on Brisbane’s wizard last time the two sides met, before Nick Robertson went rogue on a radio interview on Thursday afternoon, labelling the Suns soft, and claiming they take a backwards step when blokes go hard at the footy.
While most of us who have watched the Suns these past few years would simply shrug, such brutal honesty that can act as a catalyst for an opposition and fire them up is generally unappreciated by coaches, as Chris Fagan made very clear to Robertson the next day. The Suns have already claimed bragging rights in the first edition of the QClash in 2018, and undoubtedly would delight in making it 2-0 for the year.
With all this trash talk flying around, it’s enough to almost make you forget these sides are still welded to the bottom of the ladder. Almost. But like the notorious bumfight videos of yesteryear, a scrappy match between two evenly matched desperadoes can be tremendously entertaining stuff.
Jarrod Harbrow has played more QClash games than any other player – missing only one, as this will be his 15th.
Michael Barlow returns for this match, due to injuries in the Gold Coast midfield – along with Rischitelli, Swallow and Weller the Suns will be fielding their most experienced midfield for some time.
The Lions have by and large got an unchanged side, Zac Bailey the only change, coming in for Darcy Gardiner – obviously keep an eye on who gets the job on Zorko, and Robertson’s first term should come with a popcorn warning, as someone who’s committed his fair share of clangers over the course of the season he won’t want to make any visible blunders early on and let the Suns get into him.
Brisbane look the more settled and experienced side – and Robertson’s sledge could easily work both ways, clearly he’s expressed a view that others within the playing group hold and no doubt they will be as intent on backing up his assertion as the Suns are of disproving it.
Brisbane by 16 points.
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