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The Brisbane Lions will be hoping to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss last week and an embarrassing finals exit courtesy of Geelong last year when they host the Cats.

The Lions (12-5, 130.4%) last week let a 28-point lead slip as they went down to Melbourne. And Brisbane has lost 13 of its past 15 games against Geelong, with AFL 360’s Mark Robinson suggesting the Lions on Saturday need to overcome the “fear factor” against Geelong.

The Cats (include 9-7-1, 122.9%) are right in the top-four mix, losing just one of their past six games to surge into fifth spot on the ladder.

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There was a late change for Geelong with Gary Rohan replaced by Zach Tuohy.

It was the Cats who did the early attacking but came up empty as the Lions transitioned quickly to find Eric Hipwood – who drilled the first of the match.

Geelong kept trying to come corridor – but the Lions were up to it as they repeatedly cut off the attempted exit.

Despite both sides contending for finals, it was scrappy opening 15 minutes as both sides missed targets and coughed up easy ball.

“This is about a six out of 10 game,” commentator Garry Lyon lamented.

Jonathan Brown said he believed it was a “nervous start” from both teams with “horrendous” skills.

Patrick Dangerfield and Dayne Zorko were both forced from the field after a nasty head clash left both players bloodied.

They both went down into the rooms as a result, but were able to return after the first change.

Only a late error from Tom Stewart gifted the Lions a shot on goal after the quarter time siren – and Lincoln McCarthy made no mistake from the boundary to give his side a 17-3 lead.

The stalemate continued in the second term as neither side could find a target inside 50.

“The kicking is horrendous,” commentator Alastair Lynch.

“It is surprising for these very good teams.”

“It’s been frustrating,” Lyon added.

Lyon said the Lions’ backline was simply “having their way” with the Geelong attack who were still goalless midway through the second term.

It took Cats skipper Patrick Dangerfield off two steps from on the 50 to finally break Geelong’s 47-minute drought.

“That is a captain’s goal,” Brown praised.

But when Joe Daniher was left all alone inside 50 – and goaled from the snap, Cats big man Tom Hawkins had seen enough.

The key forward marched down to his backline and laid down the law in remarkable scenes.

“That’s the big key forward who’s come and wandered down to the back half – that gives an indication of where they are at the Geelong footy club,” Lyon said.

“I imagine there was a bit of finger pointing… so the big dog’s wandered down to have his say.

“Doesn’t like what he sees from where he is, which is saying something.”

By half time, it was Brisbane leading 32-11.

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