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JLT 2 Match Preview: Gold Coast SUNS v Brisbane Lions

  - JLT Series,David Swallow,Steven May,Sean Lemmens

SUMMARY

After comfortably accounting for Geelong in their first JLT hit-out last weekend in Townsville, the Gold Coast SUNS now have traditional rivals Brisbane in their crosshairs. The SUNS impressed up north with their intent and attacking style of play, while defensive pressure was also a standout. On the other hand, Brisbane are coming off a loss to the Swans but will be looking to bounce back with the inclusions of Dayne Zorko and Luke Hodge bringing valuable experience. 

The SUNS have opted to go in with a final squad of 24 with David Swallow and Steven May coming into the side. They have replaced Matt Rosa, Tom Nicholls, Jack Leslie and the injured Sean Lemmens. The Lions have dropped Ryan Bastinac and Cedric Cox.

READ: JLT 2 Squad Revealed

WHERE AND WHEN

Sunday March 11, 3:05pm (AEST) at Fankhauser Reserve, home of Gold Coast's patron partner Southport Sharks.

Gates will be open from 1.30pm.

LAST TIME THEY MET

Round 21, 2017: Brisbane Lions 22.10 (142) def. Gold Coast 12.12 (84)

THE THREE POINTS

1.   With Steven May slotting into the backline this week alongside Rory Thompson, SUNS fans will get to see how the dynamic unfolds under Stuart Dew’s game-plan. May will likely line up against Brisbane young gun Eric Hipwood while Thompson may get a look at Josh Walker early.

2.   Sean Lemmens was one of the best performers before going down with a hamstring injury in JLT1, and the pressure is on the rest of the SUNS’ half-forwards to carry on in his stead. Lemmens led the way with his pressure-fuelled play and some responsibility may fall into the hands of David Swallow who has been identified by Dew as someone who can spend more time up forward in 2018.

3.   Brisbane livewire and All-Australian Dayne Zorko will play his first match of the pre-season on Sunday, and there will be plenty of talk around how to manage his influence. Last year it was Touk Miller who was given the job of tagging Zorko, limiting him to 22 touches while racking up 29 of his own. Will we see the same again on Sunday?

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