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Lions not so fearsome anymore: Worsfold

By Dave Donaghy 24/04/2005 06:57:40 PM Comments (0)

West Coast coach John Worsfold believes other AFL teams shouldn't feel intimidated by Brisbane any longer after the Eagles humiliated the three-time premiers by 73 points at the Gabba.

Worsfold said the Lions, only the second team in history to have won three consecutive titles, were a shadow of their former selves with the club hit hard by injuries, suspension and retirements.

The situation got even worse for Brisbane when scans revealed a crack in goal-kicking ruckman Jamie Charman's leg.

Charman is set to miss at least a month because of the injury suffered during last weekend's shock loss to Hawthorn.

His absence, coupled with the enforced hiatus of suspended forward Jonathan Brown, was felt hard by the Lions who were embarrassed by the 23.19 (157) to 12.12 (84) drubbing.

It's the first time the club has lost four consecutive matches under the tutelage of head coach Leigh Matthews who took over the reins in 1999.

"They're in the position, and it's a tough position to be in, where they're not as good as they were a couple of years ago but they still get the same respect from the opposition," Worsfold said.

"Obviously some of their key players are getting older and have been carrying injuries this year.

"With Jonathan Brown out of the side, Charman out today, (Michael) Voss and (Nigel) Lappin coming back from injury, I think you can say they're not at their peak."

Matthews blasted his side's commitment ahead of next weekend's crucial clash with Essendon.

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