Brisbane have turned up the pressure cooker in a hard-hitting week on the track.

In a contested footy focus, the mouth guards were in as the Lions completed a number of tackling and match intensity drills.

Rhys Mathieson looks to be in career best shape and was vocal amongst the group as he continues to press for a spot in Chris Fagan’s best 22.

Eric Hipwood has lifted his running load, completing laps at a fast pace as he eyes of a return mid-year. Almost unrecognisable, the 24-year old shed the weight of a different kind over the weekend, swapping the long hair for the buzz cut in a completely new look. 

Jarrod Berry seems to have put his injury riddled 2021 behind him, looking ferocious in the Lions contested drills where he impressively broke a strong tackle, spun and hit Nakia Cockatoo lace out in the 50. 

Carter Michael is doing a lot right and is shaping as one to watch in 2022, impressing with his laser left foot and rebound off half-back.

Noah Answerth was a tackling machine in the Lions match simulation drills, applying plenty of heavy hits and pressure as he continues to eye his return, while Connor McFadyen is looking dangerous in the forward line with his strong hands and impressive leap.