Swans won’t underestimate resurgent Lions, says Longmire

Coach John Longmire says his team won’t underestimate Brisbane.SYDNEY would have pencilled in this Saturday night’s match against Brisbane as an easy, percentage-boosting win a month ago, but now they can’t be so sure the four points are in the bag.
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Having been tipped to finish in the bottom four, the Lions battled through the early part of the season but hit their straps last month, breaking West Coast’s unbeaten streak, thrashing the Western Bulldogs on their home ground and then crushing Melbourne on Sunday.

Now Michael Voss’s team is no longer fighting to avoid the wooden spoon but is eyeing off a spot in the eight. Their 6-7 record has the Lions just one win from eighth-placed North Melbourne and they arrive at the SCG brimming with confidence despite having lost their past four matches against the Swans.

Sydney coach John Longmire says his team won’t be underestimating Brisbane, insisting they have nothing but respect for the Queenslanders’ unlikely turnaround.

”We’ve come off [wins over] Essendon and Geelong – two quality teams – and GWS are in their first year but we don’t underestimate anyone. It’s not something we want to have in the psyche of any of our players,” Longmire said yesterday.

”You need to prepare so professionally and there would have been a number of our blokes who would have seen Brisbane play on the weekend and would have been really impressed with what they saw.

”They’re a strong-at-the-ball team but they’ve also had 100 more uncontested possessions than Melbourne. They run really hard, they’ve really improved. Our blokes would know that, they would have seen that, and they’ll see it again this week in the meetings.”

Longmire described Brisbane’s form as being ”as solid as anyone’s in the competition over the last month” and said little could be read into Sydney’s recent dominance over their northern rivals. ”Not really, because they’ve changed their team fairly dramatically, as have we,” he said.

With Swans Shane Mumford and Adam Goodes only just starting to get match time after significant injuries, Longmire is confident the pair will hit top stride soon.

”They’re getting better. I think that both players now are coming back into a bit of form. Looking at Shane’s game [against GWS] on the tape, I think he played better than what I thought he did after the game and he’s certainly getting better with each game.” he said. ”I thought Goodesy, to kick a couple of goals [did well], and the longer the game went the better he felt. I expect both of those blokes to be building on their form and fitness.”

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