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Five to watch: v Gold Coast SUNS

July 7, 2016 11:35 AM

AFL 2016 Rd 04 - Brisbane v Gold Coast

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Stefan Martin of the Lions kicks during the round four AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns at The Gabba on April 16, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Ahead of QClash 12 on Saturday, we take a look at who is worth keeping an eye on in a game that's sure to be fiery! 

Pearce Hanley

Pearce Hanley led a brilliant second-half revival the last time the Lions played the SUNS in Round 4. Hanley was named the Marcus Ashcroft medallist for best afield for the second time, finishing with 28 disposals and two goals.

While Hanley’s form has wavered in 2016, the Irishman typically stars against the cross-town rivals. Watch for Hanley streaming through the midfield on Saturday.

Harris Andrews

Queenslander Harris Andrews’ fourth QClash should see the 19-year-old line-up on the SUNS’ Peter Wright.

Wright earned a NAB Rising Star Nomination last weekend and Andrews looms as a likely match up to the SUNS forward. Andrews reads the play well, is a great mark and uses the ball well, he is ranked AFL third for one-percenters per-game and fourth in the competition for spoils. Watch out for what promises to be the first of many battles.

Tom Lynch

At 199cm key forward Tom Lynch was dangerous the last time the Lions met the SUNS. Lynch kicked five goals including three in the first quarter.

The 23-year-old is ranked 1st in the league for total contested marks and 1st in total marks inside 50 and is third with 43 goals in the race for this year’s Coleman Medal. He looms as one to watch on Saturday.

Steven May

Given a five-week suspension by the AFL tribunal for a heavy hit that concussed the Lions’ Stefan Martin in Round 4, Steven May should expect to be met with a fiery reception from the Lions.

May is coming off a career-high 23 disposal performance against St Kilda and is ranked second in the competition for one-percenters.

Michael Rischitelli

Former Lion Michael Rischitelli won a best and fairest in his final season at Brisbane in 2010. On Saturday he’ll play his 100th game for the SUNS.

Rischitelli is coming off a season-high 33 disposals, 8 marks and 6 tackles against St Kilda in Round 15.

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