Lions stand tall without Zorko, Martin

Ed Jackson
Lions coach Chris Fagan (c) was pleased with how his side stood up against the Eagles

The lack of two key, experienced players made Brisbane's AFL win over West Coast at the Gabba on Saturday all the more sweeter for Chris Fagan.

The Lions took on the Eagles without experienced ruckman Stefan Martin (hamstring) and captain Dayne Zorko (achilles).

It was the first match Martin had missed during Fagan's reign while Zorko's durability is evident in the fact the 30-point victory is just the fifth game he's not been available for the Lions since his debut in 2012.

Having had a charmed run with injury during their highly impressive 2019 campaign, Fagan felt Saturday's win showed there's plenty of options in his squad.

"Two of our best players were out and that's incredibly pleasing that others were able to stand up," Fagan said.

Hopefully we're building some depth because that's what you need if you want to be successful in this competition."

The Lions now have a week to recover before hosting Adelaide at the Gabba next Sunday.

Fagan expects both Martin and Zorko to be "strong chances" to face the Crows in what will be the Lions' third straight match at home since the competition's resumption.

Despite having won two from two so far during the Queensland hub with the Crows and Port Adelaide to come in the four-game home run, Fagan has warned his team not to relax.

"Any team can win anywhere, any time in this competition," he said.

"We just have to stay on our guard and keep our edge ... we turned up determined to put in a good performance and we did and we need to do the same thing again next week.

"There are no easy games and the minute you think you're going to get one? That's when you get beaten."