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Lions have the opportunity to go on a bit of a run. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au, Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

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Lions v Giants


Saturday June 14 – 7:40 PM (AEST)




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Both teams are on the wrong end of the ladder. The Brisbane Lions have only three wins so far this season, while the GWS Giants  are worse off, on two wins. While the Lions are starting to build a little momentum, the Giants are in shambles, starting the season off with a massive upset of the Sydney Swans, only to fall off badly to sit at the bottom of the table.

The Lions are a shadow of the team which was a powerhouse at the start of the Noughties. Since making the semi-finals in 2009, the Lions have been sitting at the foot of the table. The sacking of coach Michael Voss was supposed to change something, but ultimately nothing has changed. But there may be hope on the horizon. They are coming off two straight wins and their confidence is high. The wins may have been against Carlton and the Bulldogs, but a win is a win. The Lions head into Saturday's clash with the same line-up which trumped the Bulldogs 95-87 last week.

Not much can be said about the Giants. They started off the year with so much promise and everyone thought this was going to be the year it all turned around. But once again, they have failed to produce any consistency. Off field incidents are again plaguing the team, but that is no excuse. They need to start stringing some wins together and they need to do it now. Phil Davis returns, pushing Heath Shaw up to halfback. Jeremy Cameron is back from suspension, alongside Josh Hunt and Joshua Kelly.

Both teams need to find some killer instinct. They both still have a slim chance at making the finals, but they need to find a winning mentality.

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