BRISBANE has a problem on its hands.
Although the Lions are sitting pretty in second spot ahead of today's trip to Metricon Stadium to play Melbourne, there's one glaring issue with their game.
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Leigh Matthews has always said bad kicking is bad football, and while Brisbane has escaped being punished for its inaccuracy so far, emerging forward Cam Rayner says it's an issue that hasn't gone unnoticed internally.
"We've spoken about it," Rayner said.
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"It needs to be addressed. If we're getting opportunities we need to capitalise on them.
"We're lucky it hasn't hurt us yet, but we want to get on top of it before it costs us in a big game."
Champion Data statistics show Brisbane is converting just 52.2 per cent of its set shots, which is better than only Sydney (48.1 per cent).
And its 72.87 overall tally for goals and behinds is only superior to North Melbourne (50.64) in terms of accuracy.
Although no club has generated more shots than the Lions, the concern is set shots.
Eric Hipwood is sitting at 50 per cent (5.5), and surprisingly Charlie Cameron (6.9) is at just 40 per cent.
Last week it was Rayner who took the responsibility around goal to stop Brisbane's bleeding in the third quarter against a Greater Western Sydney team with momentum.
After watching a 32-point lead dwindle to just eight points, the former No.1 draft pick took a powerful pack mark and then settled his team's nerves by drilling the shot at goal from 40 metres. It was a pivotal moment in the Lions' 20-point win.
"The mark was good, but the thing I was most pleased about was the set shot," he said.
"As a forward line I think we're pretty ordinary with set shot accuracy.
"The build-up of a poor third quarter against Geelong and the Giants were coming in the third again, so for me to go back and kick it, I was pretty happy and pretty pleased. It was a big tick there."
Rayner has been a culprit of missing set shots over his 53-game career, but said he had put measures in place to fix that.
"Just taking a breath," he said.
"I was probably getting excited and overthinking it a bit.
"'Fages' (coach Chris Fagan) always says to me that I'm such a good kick around the ground, but sometimes I get a bit excited in front of goal.
"I'm really taking the 30 seconds, taking a breath and steadying myself.
"I think I'm getting a little bit more comfortable out there."