Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff has slammed his teammates following their winless start to the 2015 AFL season.
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Rockliff, who made his return from injury in the Lions’ 53-point loss to the Eagles on Sunday, said he was sick of making excuses for his side’s poor showing in the opening four rounds.
Brisbane have been hit with a number of injuries, however Rockliff said his side were not taking enough risks and were “scared” to make errors.
“It’s like we’re scared to make a mistake,” Rockliff is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“The two weeks I watched was like “we’ve got the option but we don’t want to take it for some reason”.
“We’ve got to get back to playing that free-flowing footy.”
The Lions come up against Gold Coast this weekend in what will be a clash between the competition’s only two winless sides.
Rockliff had an underwhelming return from injury against the Eagles but said his would do all it could to turn its fortunes around.
“I know I’m sick of sitting down the bottom of the ladder and saying every year … giving this promise to our members and supporters that we’re going to improve and go up the ladder,” Rockliff said.
“The talking’s done for me. We need to improve as a group and it starts with me as captain of the footy club and works its way through the playing group.”
Brisbane were expected to make a push for finals football in 2015 following a number of high-profile off-season recruits, however its new signings have struggled to make an impact.
Justin Leppitsch’s side are rated as underdogs for Saturday’s clash with the Suns, and another loss here would almost end the Lions’ chances of September football in 2015.