Sunday’s showdown between Brisbane and Fremantle at Optus Stadium won’t be decided where you think, says Lions manager Chris Fagan.
With Brisbane possessing the strongest attack in the League and the Dockers the stingiest defence, Fagan is looking elsewhere for his side to succeed.
“I would suggest that to win this game, we have to do well in the contest, and we have to be very good in defending our team, and that has been a priority this week,” Fagan said on Friday.
The Lions have dominated the ton in their last six games, but their previously strong defense has shown some holes in the past fortnight.
They conceded 117 points in their Round 10 loss to Hawthorn and then scored eight first-quarter goals in last Saturday’s win over Greater Western Sydney.
However, as Fagan pointed out, the last three quarters against the Giants showed a marked improvement in defense, conceding just seven goals.
It’s something he hopes to build on if Brisbane are to overthrow third-placed Fremantle.
“It’s really hard to go through a season and be perfect every week,” he said.
“Once in a while parts of your game fall out and that’s good because you get a call back and get back to work and hopefully we’ve done enough this week to get a good result.
“We (conceded) 69 points per game, second or third best defense, for nine weeks, it’s not a bad job.
“The game is going to mean a bit, the boys are very motivated.”
Brisbane welcomed Hugh McCluggage after the classy midfielder missed last week’s game with a hamstring problem.
Fagan also confirmed that key forward Joe Daniher is set to return from a shoulder injury next week.