Where and when: Mars Stadium, Ballarat, 1:35pm (AEST)
Last time they met: R11 2020: Brisbane 14.12 (96) DEF Western Bulldogs 11.6 (72) at The Gabba.
ERIC Hipwood kicked five goals and lead Brisbane past the Western Bulldogs with an powerful 24-point win at the Gabba. The lanky forward was a match-up nightmare for the Dogs, with recalled defender Ryan Gardner unable to contain him in the air and panicked into giving away free kicks. While Hipwood shone, he was the beneficiary of some silver service from a Brisbane midfield that outplayed their much-vaunted Bulldogs counterparts. The on-ball triumvirate of Lachie Neale (36 disposals and 12 clearances), Jarryd Lyons (26 and eight) and Dayne Zorko (24 and nine) had field days, being hugely influential when the game was up for grabs. Jack Macrae (40 disposals and a goal) produced another wonderful performance, while Marcus Bontempelli (30) also tried hard.
Match Preview: These two teams come into this game off two very different wins. The Dogs sit atop the ladder after crucifying the Roos by 21 goals last week. While the Lions eked out their first win of the season with an after-the-siren kick that netted them a 1-point win over the luckless Pies. Look for a hard tag to go to Neale – Bevo’s no idiot, he would’ve seen the results from the first few weeks and will be wary of Lachie carving his side up again.
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