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Katie de Haer  April 11, 2017 3:40 PM

Coaches Wrap: Round 3 Dale Tapping wraps up Round 3 against the Saints.

The Brisbane Lions must maximise their opportunities against an undefeated Tigers outfit on Sunday at the Gabba if they are to secure their second win of the season.

The Lions fought back into the contest for the second week in a row, but again could not maintain the effort to fall to a 31-point loss against St Kilda.

“We certainly had opportunity with ball in hand, we’ve just got to better execute our skills, make smarter decisions and be a lot more composed with the ball going forward,” said Midfield Coach Dale Tapping.

“We gave them 26 scoring opportunities from our turnovers.

“(It shows that) we need to be smarter and more composed with the ball, really communicate to the guy with the footy and make sure we set the ground up accordingly.”

“Tackling has been really pleasing. I think that comes down to the overall effort. Our effort in all the games we’ve played – the JLT (Series), the first three AFL games has been really positive. You can’t criticise the players around their effort and commitment at the contest. 

“We need to combine our tackling with a composed effort with the ball. Just being more smart and disciplined with how we play over four quarters of footy.”

The Lions will meet Richmond on Easter Sunday, with the Tigers unbeaten leading into Round 4.

“We’ll review them strongly this week. They’re in really good form,” said Tapping.

“We’ve got to continue to learn and evolve as a group.

“We’re on a journey. What this week against Richmond gives us is another good opportunity to play the way we want to play for longer periods and if we do that we’ll be right in the game.”