Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch says there’s a danger in worrying too much about stopping Gold Coast star Gary Ablett in Saturday’s AFL derby.
He’s the AFL’s best player so limiting Gary Ablett’s influence is crucial to Brisbane’s chances against Gold Coast on Saturday.
Lions coach Justin Leppitsch doesn’t think it’s quite that simple however.
There’s no doubt that dual Brownlow medallist Ablett is a key player any time the Suns take to the field.
But Leppitsch thinks there’s a danger of focusing too much on the Suns’ skipper when they also boast young midfield talent such as Dion Prestia and last year’s AFL rising star Jaeger O’Meara.
“I don’t know if you’ve seen but they’ve actually got some pretty decent kids that run around in there,” Leppitsch said.
“He doesn’t even lead their score involvement. He is a great player but there are some other players we have to watch out for. You can fall into a bit of a trap just looking at Gary.”
After defeats to Hawthorn and Geelong in their opening two fixtures, the Lions head south as underdogs for the first time in the history of clashes against Gold Coast.
The return of Tom Rockliff from a one-game suspension is a boost to the Lions.
The Lions’ vice-captain was banned after an off-the-ball hit on Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell in round one but Leppitsch doesn’t think he needs to tell Rockliff to tone done his aggression.
“We saw on the weekend there was two other players who got suspended for the same thing,” he said.
“It’s as much the competition saying those sort of little niggles aren’t on any more rather than Tom belting someone or doing something that was really callous.
“It was as much a misjudgment more than anything.”