Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says next week’s Q Clash against Gold Coast could be the biggest between the two sides after his side’s decisive 40-point win over GWS.
With the Suns trying to break into the top eight for the first time in their history and the Lions still firmly in the Premiership conversation, next Saturday night’s clash at the Gabba is set to be blockbuster.
“Probably a good observation. Gold Coast have been in the best form of their entire existence which is great,” Fagan said.
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“It’s good that Stuy[Dew]has extended his contract, they’ve got some exciting young players, they still have a chance to make the finals.
The Lions should have Daniel Rich, Dane Zorko, Jarrod Berry and Oscar McInerney back in contention.
In their absence on Saturday, Hugh McCludge and Lachie Neale challenged the Giants with excellent individual performances.
“They were good, weren’t they? Hughie could have finished with five and had one of the best individual games we’ve seen all year. They took it upon themselves to lead from the front. I thought Rhys Matheson helped them out really well,” Fagan said.
“We picked him[Matheson]because he has huge bodies and we remember teams seem to be tagging you[Neal]. We thought Rhys would be a good inclusion this week and I think maybe we should have picked him a little earlier.
Meanwhile, GWS interim coach Mark McVeigh, on the other hand, will be frustrated with his team and will be careful not to put their season behind them with two heavy defeats.
“Some of our players, where are their heads?” McVeigh said.
“You can’t sail into the sunset with a heavy fade. They know that and I know they’re all alone at the end of the game. I will not stop my approach to train them hard.
“When there are losses like today and last week, there are always results from an election perspective.”
One player who is safe though is Sam Taylor, who at times seems to be fighting single-handedly in another starring role that bolsters his all-Australian claims.
“He was incredible, Sammy. Poor kid, I hate to see him defend as much as he needs to.” McVeigh said.
“He’s a star, his will to not win and not play for the Giants is as good as anyone. It hurts when we lose. Individual compliments are important, but Sam doesn’t want me to say it, not him. We all wonder how well he can defend.