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Match Preview: Round 5 v Suns

Be there for QClash15 Get to the Gabba this weekend for QClash15!

The QClash rivalry will be alive and well this weekend with both the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast looking for wins after unsuccessful results in Round 4.

The Lions are coming off the back of a 93-point lesson from premier Richmond while Gold Coast made it successive losses in Perth with an 80-point hiding from West Coast.

The Lions are still winless after a month, but aside from last week's aberration, have been highly competitive.

Gold Coast was flying with two wins from two, but its stint in the West Australian capital brought them back to earth, thanks to a patchy work-rate and inconsistent effort.

Both clubs have made contested footy and tackling a priority, and just who brings the most intensity will get the points here.

If the Lions match Gold Coast's inside game, they might just have too much outside speed and sneak home. 

Where and when: 

Gabba, Sunday, April 22, 4.40pm AEST 

Tickets.

Last five meetings:

R21, 2017, Brisbane 22.10 (142) d Gold Coast 12.12 (84) at the Gabba
R1, 2017, Brisbane 15.8 (98) d Gold Coast 14.12 (96) at Metricon Stadium
R16, 2016, Gold Coast 22.7 (139) d Brisbane 17.11 (113) at Metricon Stadium
R4, 2016, Brisbane 14.23 (107) d Gold Coast 14.10 (94) at the Gabba
R19, 2015, Gold Coast 17.12 (114) d Brisbane 14.16 (100) at the Gabba

The six points:

1. In the most recent QClash the Suns led by 21 points at the first change before the Lions kicked 19 goals to six in the remaining three quarters. Skipper Dayne Beams was the star with 32 disposals and a career-high four goals.

2. This will be the 15th edition of the QClash, with the Lions winning nine to the Suns' five. 

3. Brisbane has won six of eight contests at the Gabba, including four by 50 points or more.

4. Harris Andrews continues to rise, and following his 17 touches and seven marks against the Tigers, he is now ranked fourth among key defenders in the AFL Player Ratings, behind only Alex Rance, Jeremy McGovern and Tom McDonald.

5. Spectators can expect another exciting ruck battle between the Suns' Jarrod Witts and the Lions' Stefan Martin this Sunday. While Suns are yet to lose a clearance count - of which Witts is a huge part - he will come up against in-form Stefan Martin and must match him both at the stoppages and around the ground.

6. Dayne Beams was best on ground in both QClash encounters last year. 

It's a big week for... Harris Andrews

Impressively ranked amongst the league's key defenders so far this season, Harris Andrews will have his work cut out for him during Sunday's QClash.

Andrews can be expected to come up against Suns Captain Tom Lynch, who has shown some strong form this year. After being tied down by Dockers defender Alex Pearce for most of the Round 4 match, Lynch lifted his game to boot three goals with little support from his team. Andrews will have to pull out all the stops this weekend to ensure Lynch's impact on the scoreboard is minimal.

 

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs