The Lions have to preserve the loss in context. They had been lacking key defender Harris Andrews, plus Callum Ah Chee, Noah Answerth and Keidean Coleman to COVID-19 protocols. Throw in Daniel Wealthy and captain Dayne Zorko.
As well as, midfielder Jarrod Berry was injured, whereas Dan McStay was one other out beneath well being and security guidelines. The consequence was a facet that was compelled to attract deeply on its reserve squad, and which frequently regarded to lack system and familiarity.
What was most obtrusive, although, was how a lot area the Bombers got. They trounced the Lions for uncontested ball, 237-165, and extra damningly for contested ball, 137-126, with the Lions making up some floor within the final quarter.
That gained’t please Lions coach Chris Fagan, regardless of who was carrying the jumper. Brisbane had their possibilities to win the sport within the final quarter, lacking a number of pictures at purpose, however actually, it was exceptional they had been so shut.
Essendon regarded like they had been going to place the Lions away early within the final quarter, when Merrett discovered Langford on the enamel of targets for his fourth. However the Lions saved nagging, Charlie Cameron kicking his first on a quiet afternoon.
One other to first-gamer Carter Michael received the group concerned, however Essendon gained a free kick out of the following centre bounce, and Wright took one other contested mark for his fifth. Ultimately, he was the distinction between the perimeters.
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