Australia

Lions are not Tiger’s bunnies

BRISBANE midfielder Callum Ah Chee is adamant Richmond don’t have a psychological hold on the Lions despite the Tigers’ ongoing dominance of the Queenslanders.

The Tigers added to an 11- year winning streak against the Lions, with their latest success over Brisbane on Tuesday night at Metricon Stadium.

Richmond has lost just once to Brisbane in their past 20 encounters, including 14 wins in a row against a team considered one of their premiership rivals.

The Lions booted themselves out of Tuesday’s game, kicking 4.17 and Ah Chee said that was the concern, not the Tigers’ continued success over them.

“Most of the blokes haven’t been playing since 2009 (when Brisbane last beat Richmond),” Ah Chee said.

“I don’t think that was much of a problem. I think we actually played some pretty good footy, we just needed to finish our work.

“Obviously they (the Tigers) are a fantastic team, but if you look at the (statistics), if we finished our work we’re actually pretty close to having a close game with them.”

The Lions are seeking to make amends with an improved goalkicking display when they return to the Gabba on Saturday night to meet the Western Bulldogs.

“We’re going to try to finish off our work,” Ah Chee said.

“That’s something that we want to work on.”

But Ah Chee said the Lions weren’t about to become obsessed with kicking goals.

”It’s just going to be playing our good brand of footy and beating the Western Bulldogs ... we’ll be fine,” he said.

The Lions are set to be boosted by the return of fit-again defenders Daniel Rich and Ryan Lester, and the availability of Daniel McStay, who has been suspended for Brisbane’s past two matches, and the recall of veteran Grant Birchall, who was rested for the clash against Richmond.

“It’ll be good to have some wise heads out there, and it’ll be good to see how we go this weekend backing up from a four-day break,” Ah Chee said.

“It’ll be a good test for us and it’ll be good to be back at the Gabba as well playing in front of some home fans.”

But the Lions will be without Cameron Rayner, who is facing up to a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring strain against the Tigers.

Lions high performance manager Damien Austin said: “There’s a little bit of damage there so we are probably looking at three to four weeks. He has pulled up pretty well but we will go by his symptoms and see how he goes.’’

Ah Chee said he would be comfortable playing in the forward line again if required after being shifted up there on Tuesday night after Rayner’s misfortune.

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