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The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 2
Last week had it all and, even better, we get to experience it again so soon. There were thrillers, blowouts, upsets and comebacks. Some top sides looked vulnerable, some non-finalists looked vastly improved. If it wasn’t enough to play around with our tips last weekend, it’s sure made this weekend a heck of a lot more complicated. The chaos meant five was the score to beat on the AFL expert tipping panel for Round 1, achieved by myself and the newest member of the panel; Dem Panopoulos, with poor Liam Salter getting stung by too many upsets and ending up with four.
Zac Bailey lived out the classic childhood dream, kicking a goal after the siren to hand Brisbane a one-point AFL win over Collingwood and end their week of adversity on a high note.
The Lions had been 0-2 heading into Thursday's clash and trailed by 25 points in the second quarter before fighting back to prevail 11.7 (73) to 11.6 (72).
Bailey had been on the losing end of a crunch moment six days earlier when he was denied a late holding-the-ball free kick against Geelong's Mark Blicavs.
‘Buying a day': Lions grounded in Melbourne
The players and staff have all been tested for COVID-19 and recorded negative results. Some Lions officials were flying back to Brisbane on Sunday as there were no restrictions on their movement.One further complication, in the event the game is moved to Melbourne, would be the travel plans of fans who were due to fly up to Brisbane.The Brisbane women's team, also due to fly out of Melbourne on Sunday, left on an earlier flight. Sources confirmed the Lions women had left Victoria.
But when Daniel Rich speared the ball to a leading Bailey with 25 seconds to go on Thursday night, the running defender seized the moment to kickstart Brisbane's season.
"I couldn't look - and I reckon my mum would have been at home saying her Hail Marys that the ball went through," coach Chris Fagan said.
"But with Zac - with the ball in his hands, he's actually quite a cool customer, so I'm not surprised that he kicked it through.
"A great moment for him in his football life and a great moment for our footy club, fortunately."
The victory was a testament to the Lions' character after they had to remain in Victoria following last Friday's loss to Geelong amid a coronavirus outbreak in Brisbane.
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Lions' AFL star Neale in Magpies' sights
Brisbane star Lachie Neale struggled under close attention from Geelong's Mark O'Connor and may face a similar AFL tagging challenge against Collingwood.The Magpies' possible move comes after Geelong enjoyed success in using Mark O'Connor in a tagging role on Neale on Friday night.
It forced the game to be switched from the Gabba to Marvel Stadium.
The Lions will stay in Victoria for now and travel to Ballarat next Wednesday ahead of their round four clash with the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium.
They'll hope to regain Oscar McInerney (ankle) after Brodie Grundy (28 disposals and 54 hitouts) comfortably saw off Tom Fullarton and Connor Ballenden in the ruck.
Brisbane's Hugh McCluggage (28 touches) and Daniel Rich (29) were excellent while Lachie Neale (23) and Jarryd Lyons (29) provided grunt at the stoppages.
Collingwood's Isaac Quaynor (24 touches) largely had the better of Brisbane gun Charlie Cameron, while Joe Daniher kicked three goals in an entertaining match-up with Darcy Moore.
When Josh Daicos and Mason Cox snared back-to-back goals to extend Collingwood's lead to 25 points midway through the second quarter, they looked set to kick away.
But Brisbane found a foothold in the match and sparked to life late in the second term when Cameron sidestepped Chris Mayne with his back to the posts and snapped a brilliant goal.
Daniher and Cameron helped bring Brisbane within two points in the third term but Daicos' second major late in the final quarter looked to have done enough to keep the Lions at bay - before Bailey struck after the siren.
"When you lose a game at the death, you're probably not quite as positive as you might be otherwise," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.
"If that kick had missed or if we had been able to ice the game, there still would've been plenty of areas of improvement for us."
FAN'S VIEW: George and Van der Merwe start in my Lions XV .
FAN'S VIEW - DANIEL CULLINANE: After reading the thoughts on who should be in the Lions starting Test XV of Sportsmail rugby correspondents, I put forward my views.The process of picking the Lions squad will be more complicated this time around because of England's poor form.