Steele Sidebottom starred for the Magpies
Steele Sidebottom starred for the Magpies JULIAN SMITH

Young Lions fight hard, but Magpies too good

THE Brisbane Lions remained rooted to the bottom of the AFL ladder after a defeat to Collingwood at the MCG.

The young Lions put up a good fight, especially in the third quarter but the Magpies ran out 45-point winners with a 18.21 (129) to 13.6 (84) success.

It was the first time Nathan Buckley's team had recorded back-to-back wins this season and improved its record to 4-6.

The Magpies led by 35 points early in the third quarter but once again the inconsistency that has dogged them all season came back to haunt them.

Brisbane mounted a fight back to close to within 10 points before the Magpies finally woke from their slumber to lead by 16 points going into the final period.

Collingwood continued to kick poorly for goal in the last quarter but the Lions made too many costly errors to allow the home side to pull away.

Steele Sidebottom was outstanding with 34 possessions and a goal, with Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams and Scott Pendlebury also important.

Jamie Elliott kicked four goals but he could have had more had he kicked straight.

Former Magpie and Brisbane skipper Dayne Beams had a good day against his old side with 28 touches and three goals, with Dayne Zorko also influential.

The Lions head into their bye round with nine losses in a row.


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