Despite a convincing 27 point victory the Brisbane Lions are sweating on the outcome of tribunal cases after two of their players were charged over incidents during their game against Port Adelaide.
The club also faces injuries worries ahead of their acid test clash with the Bulldogs.
Rebecca Belsham reports.
Ruckman Mitch Clark faces a stint on the sidelines after being charged with striking Port Adelaide’s Jackson Trengove during the first quarter.
Defender Ashley McGrath is also in doubt for Saturday night’s clash with the Bulldogs, charged with engaging in rough conduct with Cameron Cloke.
Michael Voss, Lions’ Coach: “We don’t want any player reported, that’s categoric, where our attention’s got to be is clearly on the player with the footy and we’ve got to win our footy.”
Brisbane’s star-studded forward line proved too strong for Port, taking the home side down with a 108 to 81 point victory.
Jonathan Brown bagged five goals, Brendan Fevola added a trio of majors and Justin Sherman managed to slot four goals in his 100th senior game.
The win may have come at another high cost to the Lions, with veteran midfielder Simon Black suffering a calf injury. Coach Voss says Black has a fifty-fifty chance chance of playing this weekends huge match against the Western Bulldogs, here at The Gabba.
Michael Voss, Lions’ Coach; “It’s early in the week but It’s a bit touch and go I think until we know how it settles down.”
Commentary on Cowboys V Tigers: “A little high over the top, it’s O’Donnel again and he may well be going but before he does he’ll get the gloves out.”
In the NRL, Cowboys lock Luke O’Donnell’s minute of madness in North Queensland’s 23 – 16 loss to the Tigers looks to have cost him at least three weeks on the sideline.
O’Donnell has been charged by the NRL judiciary with a grade two dangerous contact offense after an ugly tackle on Tigers fullback Beau Ryan.
Further worries for the Cowboys as Jonathan Thurston is waiting results of scans on his shoulder injury, the rest of his NRL season, Test and Origin inclusion is in doubt.
Rebecca Belsham, QUT News