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Roaring Lions putting their best feet forward

Forwards working well together Eric Hipwood after his 6 goal performance against Port Adelaide.

Three rounds into the season, the Brisbane Lions are building a good early case for possessing one of the most diverse, potent forward lines in the competition.

They're the only team to have topped 100 points in all three matches, and it has come against some quality opposition.

West Coast, North Melbourne and Port Adelaide were all ranked in the top 10 in 2018 for fewest points conceded – the Eagles and Power were in the top five – yet they've struggled to slow down the Lions.

Rangy forward Eric Hipwood kicked six goals in Saturday night's come-from-behind victory over Port and said the forward line chemistry had clicked quickly.

"We're not so reliant on one person, we've got so many avenues to goal, which has helped me in a way, taking pressure off," Hipwood said.

 

"You look at the best sides like Collingwood and Richmond, their forward lines are electric, there's so many avenues to goal.

"That's what we've tried to create, to be unpredictable to defenders."

And unpredictable they've been.

With Lincoln McCarthy making an immediate impact after transferring from Geelong and Charlie Cameron back after missing the second half of last year with foot surgery, the front six has a whole new look.

Cameron has kicked eight goals in the three matches, while McCarthy and Hipwood (seven), along with Cam Rayner (five) all offer threats in the air and on the ground.

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Then there's Dan McStay, who crashes packs and has kicked three goals, along with rapidly improving Oscar McInerney who has also kicked three, including the go-ahead goal in the dying minutes against Port.

Between the half-dozen players they've generated 48 scoring shots.

Hipwood played down his six-goal performance, saying it was "up there" as one of his best games, but not his absolute best. 

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