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Lions ready to finally roar against Swans

Laine Clark 03/06/2011 06:02:32 PM Comments (0)

Back-to-back AFL wins have given Brisbane confidence, but coach Michael Voss believes his side's horror 0-7 start to the season has steeled them to tackle Sydney this weekend.

Voss believes that nightmare run could be key as the Swans prepare to "squeeze the life out" of the Lions at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Brisbane have been buoyed by their fortnight of success, Voss even had the rare luxury of naming an unchanged side after their 40-point thrashing of Adelaide last weekend.

But Voss feels his side will need to hark back to their darker days against the Swans.

"We have to make sure we have that resolve about us across the whole game," Voss said.

"But I think we have proven that we are a fairly resilient group, if nothing else, after the season start we have had.

"But we have to do it on game day and that is where a culture begins."

The Swans have won nine and drawn one of their past 12 matches against the Lions.

Sydney's Gabba record is even better - they have four wins and a draw from six games in Brisbane since 2004.

Indeed the Swans are such a bogey side Voss joked that he wasn't even confident of fielding his unchanged side.

"I can't remember the last time we did it (named an unchanged side)," Voss smiled.

"Actually we did it for Richmond last year and we had to make a late change so I am not holding my breath just yet."

Suffice to say Voss is not dropping his guard this weekend despite the sixth-placed Swans being without the likes of a long-time tormentor - retired co-captain Brett Kirk.

"There are certainties when you play against them and the certainty is they'll make it tough for you," Voss said.

"The fact Brett Kirk is not there, they'll roll someone else in.

"They've proven they can do that, their system says they can do that.

"It's going to be a test for our players to see if they can get through that.

"They do test you and that's why they've been a top eight side and why they've been super competitive for such a long period of time and something we want to emulate."

Then there's Adam Goodes - the dual Brownlow Medallist has polled Brownlow votes in five of his past nine meetings with Brisbane.

"He's like Jonathan Brown is to us. He's been a brilliant player over a long period of time - he elevates them," Voss said.

"I don't think you can really stop him having a good day - what you've got to stop him having is a great day."

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