Rampant Lions blitz Giants in AFL flogging

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Brisbane could welcome back Lachie Neale for next Friday's AFL blockbuster against Melbourne but on the evidence of their recent form, they don't need to rush the Brownlow Medallist back.

The Lions won a seventh-straight game - five of those without Neale - in a 64-point hiding of GWS at the Gabba on Saturday.

A six-goal blitz inside the opening 20 minutes essentially took the game away from the Giants, going on to post an emphatic 19.15 (129) to 10.5 (65) victory.

Mitch Robinson stole the show with a career-high four goals, including a long-range drop punt after the three-quarter time siren from outside 50m.

Robinson was the best on ground on a day when 13 Lions kicked goals, adding 30 disposals and 12 marks to his performance.

Livewire small forward Charlie Cameron kicked a goal 20 seconds into the game to set the tone of the opening quarter.

Cameron would go on to finish with eight score involvements - including some magical work on the boundary for one of Daniel McStay's two first-quarter goals.

The opening term was where the game was won, with the Lions up by 40 points before the Giants registered a score 28 minutes in through Bobby Hill.

"It was an exciting start, I could sense before the game, I normally can't, but I just felt like our blokes were on today," Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

The win lifts Brisbane to an 8-3 record and sets up a tantalising clash with the table-topping Demons, at this stage scheduled to be played at Alice Springs.

Fagan said star midfielder Neale, who hasn't played since the round six win over Carlton due to an ankle injury, is a strong chance to play against Melbourne.

"There's a chance he'll be right," Fagan said.

"He's progressing really well ... we've got a bye the week after as long as everything proceeds as planned but it may make more sense to wait until after that bye but we'll just see what happens this week."

As well as Robinson, the Lions were led by inspirational captain Dayne Zorko who kicked two goals and had 35 disposals.

McStay and Lincoln McCarthy were the other multiple goalkickers for the hosts.

GWS were perhaps caught out at the start after having to travel to Queensland earlier in the day.

Having travelled to the airport on Friday before being told to go home, the Giants flew to Brisbane on Saturday morning before arriving at the Gabba just over an hour before the first bounce.

Hill, Josh Kelly and Callan Ward had two goals each for the Giants, with coach Leon Cameron admitting the Lions' early surge was too much for his team to handle.

"We were coming off a short break and some challenges getting up here and maybe that contributed a little bit to the start, but all indicators in the change rooms in the warm up, and looking at the lads ... they really wanted to put their best foot forward from the start," Cameron said.

"To the Lions' credit they were ruthless in the first five or 10 minutes and probably put our boys on the back foot ... we probably just let ourselves down a touch today."

Cameron said several of his sidelined players were poised to return after the bye including Adam Kennedy, Matthew de Boer, Toby Greene and Phil Davis.

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