Head coach Justin Leppitsch of the Brisbane Lions claimed that his side’s senior players didn’t turn up to compete for their game against the Western Bulldogs on June 20 at Etihad Stadium and it resulted in a resounding 72-point defeat. The Lions clawed back to within nine points in the third quarter after trailing earlier in the match by 27, but then allowed the Bulldogs to score 13 of the next 15 goals. Leppitsch wasn’t happy with the performance of some of his players, especially ruckman Matthew Leuenberger and midfielder Daniel Rich. This doesn’t bode well for Leuenberger as his contract’s about to expire at the end of the campaign. Footy fans can back their picks each week with a CrownBet AFL Head to Head Bet.
After the match, Leppitsch told the press,
We got within nine points and then it just fell apart. I guess it’s a sign of leadership usually when those sorts of things happens.
When asked if Leuenberger and Rich were disappointing the coach said,
Yeah. They’ve been around a while, haven’t they? Our kids made some errors too but, yeah, you expect more from those guys, don’t you?
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Rich had just 12 possessions with four being contested and in his last five games he’s averaged only 16 disposals. Meanwhile, Leuenberger managed just five touches, a pair of marks and 10 hitouts as he played key forward and backup to top ruckman Stefan Martin. Leppitsch said Rich needs a spark to improve his game and remarked, “We coach the team and we coach the individual, so no doubt we’ll have those individual conversations. It’s probably half the coach and half the player, isn’t it? I’ve got to try to get the best out of Daniel and ‘Leuey’ and players like that, but they also have to bring their half as well.” Regardless which team you support, don’t forget to back them with a CrownBet AFL Head to Head Bet.
Leppitsch also announced some bad news for the fans when he said youngster Nick Robertson has a fractured shoulder and will be on the shelf for awhile. The coach said every side has to deal with injuries though and his club needs to play better as a group and try to avoid lapses in concentration. He was happy with the performances of Martin, key forward Daniel McStay and midfielder Dayne Beams against the Bulldogs, but said for the team to be consistent they need to get top performances from all of their players every week. Don’t forget to take advantage of a CrownBet AFL Head to Head Bet before the next footy round kicks off. before the next footy round kicks off.