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On paper, this looks a relatively easy assignment for North Melbourne.
The Roos’ best this year has been good enough for wins over top-four contenders Port Adelaide, Sydney Swans and Fremantle, so taking on the bottom-placed Brisbane Lions at home shouldn’t present too many problems.
However, the Roos have been dogged by inconsistency this year and the Lions know that they crumbled under the unrelenting defensive pressure applied by Essendon in round one and Collingwood in round five.
The Lions were extremely competitive against the Bombers last week, but North will be keen to atone for its round seven loss to Gold Coast and should be refreshed after the bye.
The Roos are also likely to be buoyed by the return of their skipper Andrew Swallow, who is set to play his first match after a long-term Achilles tendon injury.