Brisbane vice-captain Dayne Zorko has let loose on his teammates following the Lions’ 82-point loss to North Melbourne on Sunday.
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Zorko says there are “zero excuses” for Brisbane’s poor start to the season and critisised his side’s lack of desire following their second straight loss.
The 26-year-old did not hold back, saying his side had not followed instructions set by coach Justin Leppitsch.
“Blokes who aren’t prepared to play their role for the team,” Zorko is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“Boys not bringing their pressure around the contest. There was a number of things there we set ourselves to win on the night, and we didn’t even win one.
“It’s extremely disappointing that we can’t follow simple instructions and do what the coaches require.”
Brisbane were expected to pose a strong challenge in 2015 following the additions of Dayne Beams, Allen Christensen and Mitch Robinson, but the team has failed to live up to the early hype.
Zorko left his biggest whack to the side’s star-studded midfield, of which he is part of.
The Kangaroos battered the Lions midfield, winning the centre clearance count 42-24.
“We’ve got a very mature midfield now that should be able to go with any midfield in the competition,” Zorko said.
“We’ve got a lot of depth in there and last night we got beaten at the contest, beaten at contested football, second to the football, weren’t prepared to lay tackles, no pressure.
“If it’s not won in the midfield – and that’s where we pride ourselves on being good – you’re not going to win any games.”
Brisbane will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Richmond at the Gabba next Saturday.