WHERE AND WHEN: Metricon Stadium, Saturday, August 18, 7.25pm AEST
While this 16th edition of the QClash is yet another battle with both clubs in the bottom four, the winner will likely take away bragging rights as Queensland’s highest placed team for 2018. Brisbane has rightly received plaudits for its improvement this year, pushing a number of top-eight teams to the brink without nabbing many victories, but the bottom line is it has just four wins – the same as the Suns. Gold Coast won the meeting earlier this season by five points, but since then have won just once from 15 games. With Pearce Hanley adding to the injury toll last week, the Suns have close to half their best team sidelined and are limping to the end of the year. With Dayne Beams and Harris Andrews in All Australian form, the Lions are fresh off a five-goal loss to Collingwood, but have generally been in good form the past two months with a largely settled lineup. If Brisbane wants to rubber-stamp its improvement, it must beat Gold Coast, and should do so comfortably.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R5, 2018, Gold Coast 11.10 (76) d Brisbane Lions 10.11 (71) at the Gabba
R21, 2017, Brisbane Lions 22.10 (142) d Gold Coast 12.12 (84) at the Gabba
R1, 2017, Brisbane Lions 15.8 (98) d Gold Coast 14.12 (96) at Metricon
R16, 2016, Gold Coast 22.7 (139) d Brisbane Lions 17.11 (113) at Metricon
R4, 2016, Brisbane Lions 14.23 (107) d Gold Coast 14.10 (94) at the Gabba
Hutta’s Tip: Brisbane by 30 points.
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