Preview Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs, Round 4, Saturday April 10, 1:35 PM, MARS Stadium

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spotthedog1

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If it's really wet I'd bring in Matho for Fullarton. Daniher will have to second ruck.

Even if Matho plays forward the extra contested ball winner would still be really handy
We've all considered changes like this over the last few years, but I don't think Fagan's ever adjusted the mix of talls vs mids for the wet. Can't see it happening this week either.
 

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Gadzorks

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Every Lions supporter loves Stef. It was just the covid storm that resulted in him not getting another year.
he’s the thinking man’s Ben Hudson.

both very likeable, but Ben entering the half time grand final sprint raises him to best ever ruck. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to go out in front of 100000 people knowing I’d be dead last by a lot. Mind you ..... grand final tickets ....nah
 

davemc_lions

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with weather forecast.. could be no rain or could be snow not sure they ever really know :)
We went away a few weeks ago was 5% chance of 0-2mm rain got drenched over 8mm :)

talks of a polar blast over weekend.
 

Dazb86

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Most rucks have no idea where the ball is going most of the time, you have 2 200cm 100kg fellas going for the ball it could end up anywhere.

The ruck stats against us v Grundy were an anomaly and still didn't lead to a Pies win, very rarely you see 20+ hit outs to advantage.
Very rarely? It happened to us every game English has been our #1 ruck. 😂😂
 

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Most rucks have no idea where the ball is going most of the time, you have 2 200cm 100kg fellas going for the ball it could end up anywhere.

The ruck stats against us v Grundy were an anomaly and still didn't lead to a Pies win, very rarely you see 20+ hit outs to advantage.
In the game I watched, Grundy kept Collingwood in the game. If he was not in the game, The Lions would have won comfortably. In true Buckley style, he downplayed the importance of Grundy's dominance so as the deflect excuses as to why he lost another game he should have won.....AGAIN.

Should the Bulldogs enjoy the same dominance that Grundy had on Saturday, I expect the Bulldogs midfield to have a day out.
 

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I was a doubter last week but this week I think we can beat the doggies. Tom berry to shadow Daniels hopefully shuts them off. We need that defensive pressure we showed against Collingwood last week. We have to be all over them, stopping them getting that clean ball away. I'd be ok with resting neale, if his back is even a touch sore give him a chance to get to 100%. Same with Oscar. Let Fullerton and Ballenden take on English and Stef. At worst we play them like we played the pies in the ruck. I think Payne can take naughton, quick enough to run with and tall enough to compete. Our future isn't birch or Adams, we need to stick with him.

Out- neale, birchall/Adams or lester,
In- j berry, Gardiner,
Answerth (sub)
If Oscar does come up ok he comes in for ballenden.
 

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MacMum

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Bulldogs probably think Mars stadium to us is like being on Mars!

.....little do they know!

Tipping they don't have local Ballarat boys like we do;):)
 

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Payne out for 6 weeks with a stress fracture. 6 weeks for Adam's to prove himself, lucky Darcy is reportedly fit to come in!

I swear, if they replace Payne with Gardiner rather than Answerth......
 

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Such rotten luck for Payne, luckily we have Gardiner coming back in and Adams looked really good last week.

Outs- Jack Payne, Connor Ballenden, Lachie Neale(back).

Ins- Darcy Gardiner, Oscar McInerney, Jarrod Berry.
 
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