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Michael Whiting & Lee Gaskin, AFL Media  April 4, 2018 10:04 AM

 - Brisbane Lions

Brisbane

Get them in
After copping a one-week suspension in the opening round, Mitch Robinson is available to return. Tom Cutler is still knocking on the door after another strong showing in a NEAFL practice match at the weekend.

Under the pump
Josh Walker was quiet against the Demons and needs to produce more, however against a tall Power team, will likely keep his spot. Sam Mayes has also struggled in the first fortnight.

Medical room
Daniel Rich has been listed as a week-to-week proposition, but the ankle ligament problems will keep him away a bit longer yet.

Verdict
Robinson is known as a contested ball winner – the area coach Chris Fagan thought cost the Lions last week – and should come straight back in. Rohan Bewick was a strong contributor last week and should retain his spot, so with no injuries, Mayes might be the man under most pressure.

Cutler during the NEAFL practice match v Suns last Saturday (Photo: David Layden)

Port Adelaide

Get them in
Veteran goalsneak Lindsay Thomas booted six goals in Port's 95-point thumping of Adelaide in the SANFL, midfielder Joe Atley was impressive with 24 disposals, while Trent McKenzie had 25 touches across half-back.

Under the pump
After two impressive wins against Fremantle and Sydney to start the season, the Power won't make any changes they don't have to.

Medical room
Forward/midfielder Chad Wingard is in doubt with a hamstring injury sustained in the win over the Swans. The six-day break could be too tight.

Verdict
If Wingard can't get up, it'll be a choice between Thomas and midfielders Atley and Karl Amon. 

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