Australian Football League Live Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Kangaroos Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 02 math will be kick off at The Gabba Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Saturday 02 April 2016 online, 04.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Brisbane played well despite going down by 10 goals in Rd 1 to West Coast, while North battled to put away Adelaide.
Brisbane has lost two of their better players in Mitch Robinson and Marco Paparone to injury, while Jonathon Freeman has been dropped. Three experienced players come in, full-back Daniel Merrett, small forward Josh Green and midfield/forward runner Dayne Zorko. The Lions are stronger for it. North loses ex-Hawk Jed Anderson after just one game for his new side, out for an extended period with a hamstring injury. Small hard-nut Kayne Turner is his replacement.
Brisbane is coming off a four win season, but applied themselves well over in Perth against West Coast last week. They didn’t have the skill to compete against a top four side, but they didn’t lack for will and desire. It will hold them in good stead when they take on lesser opposition. North has made preliminary finals two years in a row coming into this season, but the doubters still exist due to a middling home and away record that has never seen them finish in the top four. They needed the individual brilliance of Brent Harvey and Todd Goldstein to get them over the line against Adelaide, and will be looking to improve off that.
Since 2010, matches between these sides have largely gone the way of the home team. At Etihad, North has gone 6-0 over Brisbane, while at the Gabba, the venue for this match, the Lions are up 3-1.
Drew Petrie has thrived playing at the Gabba in recent times, kicking 13 goals in his last three matches there, with consistent hauls of 4, 4 and 5. Jarrad Waite kicked a bag of seven in Round 2 against Brisbane last season, and will look to fill his boots again after firing in Round 1.
Dayne Zorko paying $6.50 to get over 30+ touches is potentially the bet of the round. With Robinson and Beams on the sidelines, Zorko should get busy. He averaged 33 touches in his last three games last year and has a point to prove after sitting out round one suspended. Tom Rockliff ($3.25) should pull down the most tackles like he has many times before. After claiming 8 tackles last week, he has now averaged 10 in his last four games, carrying over into 2015.
This is one of several tricky matches this round, where the home side is coming off a loss and the travelling visitors are coming off a win. Brisbane has a good record against North at the Gabba, but if they’re going to be involved in a shoot-out again, the Roos have a similar forward set-up to the Eagles, with three talls and some dangerous smalls. The Lions midfield doesn’t match-up that badly against North’s, and they can give their more fancied opposition a fright. Brisbane are a value bet from a winning perspective, but is a four goal line enough to protect them?
B Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Merrett, Claye Beams
HB Sam Mayes, Harris Andrews, Daniel Rich
C Ryan Lester, Allen Christensen, Lewis Taylor
HF Pearce Hanley, Daniel McStay, Josh Green
F Josh Walker, Josh Schache, Tom Bell
FOL Stefan Martin, Dayne Zorko, Tom Rockliff
I/C Ryan Harwood, Ryan Bastinac, Rohan Bewick, Tom Cutler
EMG Nick Robertson, Liam Dawson, Jonathan Freeman
In: D.Merrett, D.Zorko, J.Green
Out: M.Robinson (calf), J.Freeman, M.Paparone (hamstring)
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B Michael Firrito, Robbie Tarrant, Sam Wright
HB Shaun Atley, Scott D. Thompson, Jamie Macmillan
C Sam Gibson, Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey
HF Shaun Higgins, Jarrad Waite, Ben Brown
F Taylor Garner, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
FOL Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ben Cunnington, Nick Dal Santo, Luke McDonald, Kayne Turner
EMG Ben Jacobs, Lachlan Hansen, Aaron Mullett
Out: J.Anderson (hamstring)