Brisbane vice-captain Dayne Zorko says the Lions are failing in almost every area following Sunday’s AFL hiding by North Melbourne.
The Lions were destroyed by the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium, going down by 82 points to find themselves 0-2 after their first two games of the season.
After being caught cold by Collingwood at home in the opening round before salvaging some pride with a late rally, Zorko says there were very few positives to take out of Sunday’s clash.
“There was a number of things there we set ourselves to win on the night, and we didn’t even win one,” Zorko said.
“It’s extremely disappointing that we can’t follow simple instructions and do what the coaches require.
“A lot of guys are in the side to pressure, blokes aren’t prepared to pressure. Blokes are in the side to win contested ball, they’re not winning contested ball.
“It’s a whole team effort, it’s a team game, and at the moment we’re not buying into it and we’re not playing as a family that we pride ourselves on.”
The Lions were smashed by the Kangaroos in both contested possessions (143-119) and clearances (42-24). with coach Justin Leppitsch admitting his team had been “shell-shocked”.
Zorko said the team’s vaunted midfield runners, of which he is one, hadn’t been doing enough to help out the Lions forwards and backs.
He said a frank and honest review of the game was needed to move on to this weekend’s clash with Richmond and ensuring the team “never put up an effort like that again”.
Zorko said the clash against the Tigers would be a chance for the Lions to seek some redemption.
“It’s only round two and there’s a long way to go in the season,” Zorko said.
“We’re missing some personnel but we’re not going to make excuses. We’re deep enough now, we’re experienced enough now, it’s just not acceptable.
“I’m sick of losing and I’m sure they (teammates) are too.”