Highlights: Pies v Lions
Collingwood and the Brisbane Lions clash in round three of the 2013 NAB Cup
Rohan Bewick takes a big grab during the Lions' win against Collingwood
UNDER-rated Brisbane Lion Rohan Bewick appears set to make a huge impact this year having found a new home at half-forward.
The 23-year-old took another step forward last Saturday night, sneaking under Collingwood's guard to kick four goals and helping the Lions charge into the NAB Cup Grand Final.
It was an extension of an excellent 2012 for Bewick, who played 16 games and kicked 18 goals last year.
The more the season went on, the better the West Australian got, playing the last 14 games in succession and hitting the scoreboard in 12 of them.
It was no surprise that Bewick's improved form came with him finding a permanent home.
Until the mid-point of last season, he had been switched between the wing and half-forward, to take advantage of his outstanding running ability.
But once Michael Voss stationed him closer to goals, his form flourished.
"I was swapping between wing and half-forward and doing a bit of both and not doing exceptionally well at either of them," Bewick said.
"I had a couple of good games at half-forward and found some good, consistent footy. I focused on my role and it paid off towards the end of last year."
Along with last season's small forward revelation Dayne Zorko, Bewick is the exact sort of player the Lions have been craving in recent season.
Not only does he run all day and can link with the midfield, but he kicks goals and takes pressure off Jonathan Brown and the other key forwards.
Bewick said with the modern game based on hard pressing, there were still plenty of opportunities to use his endurance despite playing closer to goal.
He has played 28 games in his two seasons at the Lions and said a pre-season Grand Final on Friday night was a special opportunity.
"The way we finished off last year was very encouraging and we've taken that into the NAB Cup. The boys are pretty confident and happy with everyone's pre-season," he said.
"You don't often get to play in finals or Grand Finals so I'll take the opportunity and hope for the best."
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Michael Whiting covers Brisbane Lions news for AFL.com.au Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_mikewhiting