Rookie coach Justin Leppitsch has instructed his young Brisbane Lions to ignore the weight of an 0-2 record and live in the moment.
Despite falling to a second straight loss, the Lions again impressed for their tenacity and ability to win possession as Geelong’s class and experience won them a 25-point victory.
Leppitsch was left to lament a “one-minute lapse” at the end of the second term when the Cats bagged three straight goals.
Errors by defenders Jordie Lisle and Dan Merrett meant that instead of taking a 10-point lead into the main break, Brisbane trailed by eight at halftime.
“We gave up two soft centre-bounce goals and then they blitzed us in the third quarter,” Leppitsch said.
“They had only kicked three goals to that point … so that’s part of the frustration.”
“Mature teams don’t make mistakes when it matters and that’s really what it came down to.”
In round one against premiers Hawthorn, Brisbane were within two points just before three-quarter time and Leppitsch has told his players they must roll with the punches and learn their lessons.
“We’ve played two preliminary final teams and you’ve got to go four quarters,” he said. “There’s some good lessons for our guys first up.”
At least, Brisbane can prepare themselves for a less formidable opponent in round three when they face up against local rivals Gold Coast in the Q-Clash on Saturday.
But Leppitsch doesn’t want his charges to get bogged down by the pressure of a virtual “must-win”.
“The important thing our guys have to remember is what we do in within games and not so much worry about the weight of the 0-2,” he said.
“If you start worrying about things like that you’re not concentrating on what’s important and what you can do living in the moment.”