Brisbane survived a furious final quarter onslaught from Queensland rivals Gold Coast to post a tense 8.11 (59) to 5.18 (48) AFL win on Saturday night.
Goals to Tom Rockliff and Rohan Bewick in the final five minutes sealed the win for the Lions but not before they were given a major scare by a Suns outfit chasing their second win of the season.
Brisbane dominated field position and possession for three quarters but struggled to find the knockout blow in an error-riddle contest.
The Suns then camped inside the Lions’ 50 for most of the final term but every time the second-year club looked for a hero, none stepped up.
The hosts kicked a staggering nine consecutive behinds to claw their way in front 10 minutes from fulltime but threw away numerous chances to stretch the lead, including disastrous misses from former Lion Jarred Brennan and David Swallow.
Even former rugby league player Karmichael Hunt had a chance to open up a significant lead, but could not repeat the heroics of his after-the-siren goal against Richmond in the previous round with his kicking shanking horribly to the right.
Then Rockliff broke the hearts of the 16,550 crowd before Bewick sealed the result seconds before fulltime.
It took almost 17 minutes for Lions forward Daniel Merett to find the game’s first goal after the Suns had missed numerous chances.
Aaron Cornelius and Jack Redden then goalled before the break to give the Lions a 3.2 (20) to 0.5 (5) lead at the first change.
Brennan hit back for the Suns in the second with his goal being followed by two more to Tom Lynch and Gary Ablett.
Matt Shaw then booted the first goal of the third before the Lions hit back to dominate the third term, although they only had Redden’s goal to show for their efforts.
Down by 12 going into the final term, the Suns did all they could to claim a second straight win but failed to deliver a goal despite their pressure with the Lions’ doing enough to take the points.