Fagan looks to end Tigers hoodoo

29 September 2020 21:02:28 GMTPlus11

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says their losing streak against Richmond must come to an end at some point, and hopes it happens on Friday night.

The Tigers have won the last 15 meetings between the two sides and are the hot fancies again heading into Thursday night's qualifying final.

However, Fagan believes his side are maturing by the day and have nothing to fear heading into the game.

"I think our guys have grown up as a team and our guys understand if you want to beat the best you've got to be very even across the board," Fagan said.

"Across the course of the last couple of years we've played many teams that have had long winning runs against us and we've been able to change that.

"There's one left and we just want to embrace that challenge. At some point in time we're going to change it. It'd be great if it was on Friday night, but Richmond are a very old, experienced finals team."

The Lions also have the demons of last season's finals campaign to deal with after they lost both home finals before bowing out.

But again Fagan says they have grown up and have the mental strength to do deal with it.

"Part of being mentally strong is not letting what happens in the game affect you too much," Fagan said. "That's one of our learnings from last year's finals and again from our Geelong game earlier in the season (where they lost by 27 points)."

The Lions are priced at 11/10 to beat the Tigers, who are 77/100.

Brisbane are priced at 27/10 to win the grand final.

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