Winless Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch is braced for more bad injury news after his AFL side copped a 113-point hiding from Port Adelaide on Saturday.
Braced for more bad injury news, Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch has told his players to toughen up after copping a 113-point hiding from Port Adelaide.
Leppitsch will lose two of his best players, ruckman Matthew Leuenberger and Pearce Hanley, who were hurt in Port’s 24.15 (159) to 7.4 (46) romp at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Leuenberger may require knee surgery for a suspected torn meniscus while Hanley will likely miss three to six weeks with a torn hamstring.
Both were injured before halftime as the winless Lions’ horror start to the season continued.
“I have got no one left. I might have to come out of retirement if we keep going like this,” Leppitsch said.
“We are a bit light on at the moment but we just have to tough it out.
“Some of the injuries and suspension we have copped, there has been about 600, 700 games walk out the door in the last two weeks.
“You lose that sort of experience … but you have got to fight your way through it.”
Leuenberger and Hanley will be added to an injury list which already featured 11 players before the Lions’ debacle against Port.
Brisbane were smashed: the Power kicked 20 goals to four after quarter-time to delight their 36,321-strong home crowd.
Port’s Jay Schulz slotted seven goals and a trio of teammates – Matthew White, Justin Westhoff and first-gamer Sam Gray – each kicked three.
Power captain Travis Boak gathered 41 disposals, Kane Cornes had 38, Brad Ebert 35.
The Power had 63 entries into their attacking 50-metre zone, Brisbane just 28.
No wonder Port coach Ken Hinkley lauded the “ruthless style” of his club’s performance.
“It was a comprehensive, brutal performance,” Hinkley said.
Brisbane only had one clear winner: Tom Rockliff collected 31 disposals and laid 14 tackles, but his teammates were accused by their coach of self-preservation.
“We probably lost a bit of faith in what we were doing,” Leppitsch said.
“There are a lot of parts that we need to coach better and there’s parts the players have to take ownership of as well.
“What tends to happen when the scoreboard really blows out, a bit of self-preservation comes in, you forget all about your team structures … there is a bit of that creeping in.”