WHERE AND WHEN: the Gabba, Saturday, August 4, 2.10pm AEST
The Kangaroos face another tricky assignment to keep their finals hopes alive, this week taking on the dangerous Lions. When the teams met at the same venue in round 23 last year, it was to see who would finish last, but this time around there’s much more on the line. North Melbourne continued to walk the finals tightrope with a crucial win over West Coast last Sunday, led superbly by the brilliant midfield of Ben Cunnington, Paul Ahern and Shaun Higgins, the latter of whom will miss this clash after knee surgery. The Lions slipped on their recent hot streak last weekend, losing to Geelong by seven goals, but the scoreline flattered the hosts. Brisbane has shown flair with the ball and been a tough opponent all season, particularly at the Gabba. Although the Kangaroos have had the upper hand in this contest of late, winning comfortably earlier this season, this should be a close encounter.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R11, 2018: North Melbourne 21.15 (141) d Brisbane 12.15 (87) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2017: North Melbourne 19.16 (130) d Brisbane 11.13 (79) at the Gabba
R2, 2016: North Melbourne 17.15 (117) d Brisbane 11.17 (83) at the Gabba
R17, 2015: North Melbourne 16.14 (110) d Brisbane 5.8 (38) at the Gabba
R2, 2015: North Melbourne 20.13 (133) d Brisbane 7.9 (51) at Etihad Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: North by 10 points
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