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Match Preview: Round 8 v Hawthorn

AFL.com.au  May 10, 2017 9:25 AM

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SUMMARY

Add the Lions to the list of teams itching to have a crack at the Hawks after years of being lorded over by the men in brown and gold. Lions coach Chris Fagan will have a plan to beat Hawthorn after nearly a decade there as a key football staffer. It is predicted to be a close match with the Lions looking to reclaim competitiveness with their younger team. Hawthorn has a 2-5 win-loss record whilst Brisbane sits at 1-6. Nevertheless, if the Hawks of last week turn up then they should get their third win of the year, but we thought that a fortnight ago and they were walloped by the Saints.

WHERE AND WHEN: University of Tasmania Stadium, Saturday, May 13, 1.45pm AEST 

LAST FIVE TIMES

R10, 2016, Hawthorn 21.9 (135) d Brisbane Lions 13.9 (87) at the Gabba

R22, 2015, Hawthorn 21.8 (134) d Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) at University of Tasmania Stadium

R1, 2014, Hawthorn 21.13 (139) d Brisbane Lions 13.13 (91) at University of Tasmania Stadium

R14, 2013, Hawthorn 21.17 (143) d Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) at University of Tasmania Stadium

R12, 2012, Hawthorn 19.21 (135) d Brisbane Lions 11.4 (70) at the MCG

THE THREE POINTS

1. The Lions pushed Hawthorn for three quarters when they last played; the Hawks led by only two goals at three-quartertime before kicking nine goals to three in the final term. Jordan Lewis was best on ground with 42 disposals and nine clearances.

2. Two weeks ago Hawthorn lost its first game at University of Tasmania Stadium since early in 2012; they had won their previous 19 games. The Lions have played seven times at the venue for just one win, in 2009.

3. Dayne Zorko, with 564.8 points and listed at No.7, is the highest-ranked player in this match according to the Schick AFL Player Ratings. 

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR … Chris Fagan

The Brisbane coach took his team to Launceston for a training camp before Christmas, mainly for the cooler weather but they were based at University of Tasmania Stadium and over the course of the week became comfortable with the ground. Will this help give them an edge?