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Lions midfield to stop Brown: Blues

By Leonard Siragusa 14/05/2008 03:44:28 PM Comments (0)

Carlton are determined to put the clamps on Brisbane's midfield to minimise the damage caused by Lions captain Jonathan Brown in Saturday night's match at Telstra Dome.

Brown was unstoppable when Carlton met Brisbane in round 16 at the Gabba last year, with the Lions' power forward collecting 20 possessions, 14 marks and booting 10 goals.

Following the 117-point loss, then-Blues coach Denis Pagan was sacked and replaced by Brett Ratten, who subsequently won the position on a fulltime basis.

Ratten said defender Jarrad Waite didn't do a bad job on Brown that day.

"That was, I suppose a rude awakening for our team when a bloke kicks 10 and did it with that ease," Ratten said.

"I think Brown played well but it was just the ball supply that day up in Brisbane.

"That's our challenge (on Saturday night) - to stop the (Simon) Blacks, the (Luke) Powers and if (Nigel) Lappin comes back, and if (Travis) Johnstone comes back, to stop the supply down to Brown.

"Whether we put one player on him (Brown), two players or maybe three players on him, we'll just wait and see."

The Lions will have their own headaches in trying to curb the influence of Carlton's Brendan Fevola.

The in-form Blues spearhead kicked six goals in last Saturday's Hall of Fame tribute match to snare the Allen Aylett medal for best-afield.

But Fevola's performance has not prompted the club to rush into re-signing him.

Ratten said the club would stick to a pre-arranged time mid-season to negotiate a new deal with Fevola.

"We've always waited till halfway through the year to have a look at Brendan's contract and I think that maybe we'll come up in the next month," Ratten said.

"We know Brendan's an outstanding player and what he can do on the field and we all know what he did earlier in the year and that's still hanging over his head.

"As I stated before, Brendan's done everything right by the team and he had that one incident and his form has been outstanding."

Ratten expected Brownlow medallist Simon Black to play, despite the prolific onballer suffering from the beginnings of osteitis pubis, which forced him out of the Hall of Fame tribute match.

And he said either ruckman Cain Ackland, who has recovered from a shoulder complaint, or Shaun Hampson will replace the injured Cameron Cloke (wrist), while utility Richard Hadley (groin) should be right to play against his old side.

"It's good for players to play against their old team and get a chance to send a message back to that group," Ratten said.

"He's been a great player for us in his short career at Carlton with what he's done."

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