Legendary Hawthorn goalkicker Jason Dunstall has solid doubt on Brisbane’s premiership credentials, saying “dismal” losses just like the one it suffered on Thursday evening threaten to “sap the idea” of a taking part in group.
The Lions have been dealt an almighty actuality test on Thursday evening, copping a 64-point thumping by the hands of a relentless and brutal Melbourne outfit that discovered its rhythm after three consecutive losses.
It’s the most recent huge loss by a Lions outfit in a giant sport scenario, with Brisbane followers post-game lamenting heavy defeats towards Melbourne (2021), Geelong (2020) and Richmond (2019) throughout the previous three finals collection.
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Talking on Fox Footy post-game, four-time premiership Hawk Dunstall was involved by the character of Brisbane’s loss in such a major sport.
“So the query now’s: Do Brisbane have the bodily and psychological toughness to win a flag? And primarily based on that efficiency, you’d almost go all the way down to the rooms and skim the final rites, as a result of it simply wasn’t there,” Dunstall advised Fox Footy.
“Now they’ll get an opportunity to redeem themselves all through the course of the 12 months, however once you face these exams, in case you put in dismal performances like that, it saps the very perception of the group.
“They’ve bought to go to the ‘G in the event that they need to win in September, proper? Nicely they’ve gone there with a giant alternative on prime of the desk towards a crew that’s misplaced three on trot and bought spanked.”
The Demons on Thursday evening dominated on the coalface, profitable the contested possession (+38), clearance (+11) and inside 50 (+19) counts convincingly, notably from quarter-time onwards.
Twin All-Australian Leigh Montagna stated the Lions had “not proven up on one of many largest phases of the 12 months”, including the Demons “pulverised them in each space of the sport”.
“That was the large take a look at they usually failed, let’s be trustworthy,” Montagna advised Fox Footy.
“I used to be anticipating Brisbane to make an announcement (on Friday evening). We all know they’ve been across the mark, they suppose they’re able to win a premiership – I feel they’re able to win a premiership – however they failed miserably.
“As nice as Melbourne have been – they usually have been superior – Brisbane (could be) bitterly upset with the trouble they put up, notably after quarter-time.
“For me it the MCG issue wasn’t concern. It was the opposition they performed towards – and I agree they’ve bought self-doubt. After they play Melbourne once more … gee whiz they’ll keep in mind what Melbourne simply did to them.”
However twin premiership Kangaroo David King stated the Lions’ flag possibilities hadn’t been diminished an excessive amount of.
“Their luxurious is that they don’t have to complete prime of the desk. They don’t need to win on the MCG to make the Grand Remaining,” he stated.
“The toughest half about profitable it’s getting there, in my eyes. So if they’ll relaxation, win that winnable month in entrance of them, end prime two – something can occur.”