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Wallabies to suffer another loss: Voss

By Laine Clark 31/08/2009 08:09:47 PM Comments (0)

Win-less in the Tri-Nations, the Wallabies have been cheekily tipped to suffer another loss on Saturday night - in the crowd stakes.

Relishing a welcome taste of AFL finals action, Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss hardly seemed fazed that Saturday night's knockout Gabba showdown with Carlton clashed with the Australia-Springboks meeting across town at Suncorp Stadium.

The Wallabies need all the support they can get as they try to break a four-game losing run against the world champions.

And the Lions are also keen for a decent turnout after breaking into the AFL finals for the first time since 2004.

But asked if he feared Gabba crowd numbers would be affected by the Tri-Nations, Voss said on Monday: "Nope, because we are a better game.

"Why would I be worried about the Wallabies?

"I couldn't give two figs. Is that being completely selfish?"

The long queue of members snaking around the Gabba all day to the ticket office would have further buoyed Voss.

Members get first priority before tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday.

Stats back Voss' confidence - their average 2009 home crowd is 29,172, well up on 2008's 28,128 average.

The biggest home attendance of 2009 has been 34,912 for round four's showdown with Collingwood.

And one of the largest Gabba crowds this season was for round 11's clash with Carlton - 33,790.

"We have had an incredible amount of support from our members and fans, and from the Queensland public this season - I would expect our numbers to be up again," Voss said.

"The interest in this side has been proven across the year - I would not expect it to drop off at all.

"And Carlton is a big draw too.

"They haven't played in finals since 2001, so there will be 100,000 people driving over the border - they will come and support them.

"I don't think we will have any trouble filling this stadium come Saturday night."

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