Let footy do the talking: Lions captain

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Brisbane's trash-talking captain Dayne Zorko is unfazed at being a target for any Melbourne retribution in Friday night's AFL semi-final.

Zorko's verbal abuse of Harrison Petty left the Melbourne defender in tears during the round-23 clash in Brisbane.

The Lions skipper apologised for his sledging of Petty with the caveat that he too was copping verbal abuse from Demons players.

But ahead of their MCG final, Zorko says this time he and his Lions want to let their footy do the talking.

"If there is (any ramifications) it will be in the first two minutes and then ... it will wear off pretty quickly," Zorko told SEN radio on Tuesday.

"I can't really worry about that. I'm not expecting our players to worry about that.

"We simply have to let our football do the talking - it hasn't done that the last few times, we've done it with our mouth and refused to do it with our actions.

"That is something we're really concentrating on this week, getting the little things right and focusing on our process to get a victory."

Melbourne hammered Brisbane twice this season - by 56 points in round 23 and by 64 points in round 15.

But Zorko said the Lions had studied how Sydney dismantled the Demons in a qualifying final last week.

"There's a little template there in terms of the pressure and the intent that Sydney created on Melbourne," he said.

"Melbourne is a team that plays four quarters and Sydney just matched them and were able to get the ball forward and bring their wave of pressure.

"Teams like Collingwood and Fremantle and the Swans, they've all done that for four quarters.

"We haven't been able to do that against Melbourne, they have been far too good for us the last two times we played them.

"Fortunately for us we get another opportunity at it.

"It's going to be a full MCG and there will be a lot of things against us but we're looking forward to that and excited for that opportunity."

Also on Tuesday night, Lions star Lachie Neale said it was time to perform against the Demons.

"I'm sick of talking about what we want to do, I just want to get out there and do it," he told AFL360.

Neale added they had learnt their lesson in the round-23 drubbing from Melbourne.

"I felt like we got that balance spot-on against Richmond (in their qualifying final win) - we did speak about it before that game," he said.

"We'd been beaten up in contested ball against Melbourne.

"We certainly wouldn't be expecting anyone from Brisbane to be using words out there, we just want action."