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The "mental hurdle" that is holding Brisbane back


Brisbane is the least accurate team kicking for goal in the competition and it came back to haunt them in their 41-point loss to Richmond on Tuesday night.

The Lions kicked 4 goals 17 for the game – 2.14 after quarter time.

Garry Lyon believes they’re not making it easy for themselves, taking shots from tougher positions on the ground regularly.

“They’ve taken the hardest shots at goal of any team in the competition this year and (did it) again last night,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“Richmond just took over the corridor and wouldn’t let Brisbane go through there which is where they love to go.

“They go wider as they go forward and they’re taking shots from very wide positions, so the numbers yesterday back that up from where Richmond took their shots and compare to it to (where Brisbane kicked).

“They’ve got a little mental hurdle – a 15-game mental hurdle when it comes to Richmond.

“Shots at goal from under 30 metres, Richmond had 12 and the Lions had half has many so they were pinging away from all over the place last night.”

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan admitted his frustration with his side’s accuracy in front of goal.

"We practice and practice and practice and practice and practice, I'll tell you that now," Fagan said post-match.

"At training we kick quite accurately, and we try and do it when they're fatigued … we follow all the basics of good goalkicking practice.

"It's been an issue for us. We're not avoiding it.

"I'm not saying it made the difference between winning and losing the game, but it made the difference between the game being a tight game and not a tight game."

The Lions host the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba on Saturday night and still sit second on the ladder.

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