The Brisbane Lions expect Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield to keep his goal kicking momentum going and stay forward in Saturday’s preliminary final showdown following his commanding display against Collingwood last week.
Dangerfield was dominant up forward at the Gabba last Saturday night, kicking four goals as Geelong spanked the Magpies by 68 points in the one-sided semi-final affair.
The 30-year-old also looms as a midfield weapon for the Cats, averaging more than 21 disposals a game in 2020 and his centre square impact can set Geelong up.
Dangerfield spent most of the night in the midfield when Geelong beat Brisbane by 27 points in July at SCG, with his inspiring performance including 26 disposals.
Star Brisbane midfielder Jarryd Lyons said his team would have plans for Dangerfield in both positions, but tipped the 2016 Brownlow winner to line-up somewhere near the goal square.
“I don’t think he’ll change what he’s been doing,” Lyons said.
“He was more in midfield that game that they beat us this year but obviously it worked on the weekend for them with him playing forward.
“I think it’s a game-by-game basis for him. We’ll have a plan either way.”
Lyons said Geelong’s midfield dominance was the difference the last time the teams met.
“That’s where it was won and lost … the midfield battle will be huge (on Saturday),” he said.
“It’s be whoever can get clean ball out of there and give their forward line the best chance.
“Their forward line performed really well (against Collingwood). Our backs will have it cut out for them but they’ve done a great job all year on whatever’s come up against them.
“It’ll be up to the midfield to put as much pressure on as we can.
Lyons said the Lions’ had learnt lessons from their loss the Cats, just as they did when Richmond beat them by 41 points in August.
Having turned the tables on the Tigers in the qualifying final on October 2, the Lions are confident of a similar result reversal against Geelong.
“We have a bit of a saying – you either win or you learn,” Lyons said.
“We took a lot out of that first time we played Geelong. We matched them for three of the four quarters.
“In the third quarter they just played unbelievable footy and we didn’t stand up to them.
“It was the same with the Richmond game. We blew our chances in that game against them during the season, but we knew that our best footy was going to match them.
“We’ve learnt a lot from those two losses that have probably got us to where we are now, so I’m really looking forward to it.”