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The Brisbane Lions will be hoping to bounce back from the chaos of Covid-19 and last week’s shock defeat to Essendon by the GWS Giants at Manuka Oval.

The Giants (5-11, 89.4%) were down last week but have shown solid form under starter Mark McVay, going 3-4 since taking over from Leon Cameron. GWS will be without Lachie Whitfield and Phil Davies due to injury but will welcome back Jacob Hopper for his first game since Round 1.

Meanwhile, the Lions (11-5, 124%) are suddenly in danger after dropping two of their last three games. Brisbane have made a raft of changes as they welcome back a number of players from the Covid-19 protocols, including Dan McStay, Harris Andrews and Cade Coleman.

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This match will be played at 1.45pm AEST from Manuka Oval.

Watch it live on Channel 503 at 1.30pm AEST.

Quarter-by-quarter match report

The first quarter

There were no late changes for either side, with Callum Brown (Giants) and Tom Fullarton (Lions) named on medical appointments.

The first half was delayed by two minutes after Manuka Oval stewards were unable to practice goal kicks before the game.

When the game finally started, Giants Stephen Congilio was sent straight for a “heavy tag” on Lions star Lachie Neale, according to Fox Footy’s Dermot Breton. The famous Giants tag Lachie Ash then went to Niall and gave him a bit of room to move.

Fox Footy commentator Brenton Speed ​​said: “Lachy Nelle was angry about some of the treatment today.

The Giants were the first team to score, with Toby Green scoring the lead with a 50m free kick.

Lions legend Alastair Lynch said Brisbane were struggling with efficiency with ball in hand.

“They’re a touch off the pace here,” Breton said of the Lions.

But Dan McStay got one back for Brisbane with a long range goal on the grain.

In his first full AFL game in 322 days – Brisbane’s final loss to the Demons – Lions midfielder Rhys Mathieson asserted his authority early, laying down two big tackles. One of the tackles forced Giants star Josh Kelly to the bench for treatment on his back.

With both teams struggling with their ball movement, Charlie Cameron found space to find a mark and goal inside 50, before Hugh McClugage and McStay added two more key players late in the first quarter to give the Lions a three-goal lead at the first change. .

Second quarter

Greeney started the second term the same way he started the first, setting up his – and the Giants’ – second goal.

But McCluggage got on the end of a brilliant handball from Neale and grabbed his second from the front 50 stop.

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