CHRIS Fagan's animated half-time address was more a "pump-up" than a blast, said Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko, adding that it had the desired effect.

With the Lions struggling to a three-point lead at the main break against battling North Melbourne, Fox Footy cameras captured Fagan vigorously addressing his players by waving his arms, yelling and thumping his right fist into his left hand.


Brisbane kicked a goal in the opening minute of the third quarter and eventually hung on to win by a point to grab an equal share of the competition lead.

Zorko chuckled when the topic was raised at a media conference on Tuesday morning, saying he couldn't remember a word Fagan uttered.

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"It was more of a pump-up than anything else," he said.

"I think it was more the emotions that came out, it makes you want to go out and execute your game plan better in the second half.

"I don't think I could tell you one word he said.

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"I think you can see the passion and care and want to win.

"We felt the same, we wanted to respond, and we were able to do that."

Zorko conceded the Lions were flat despite coming off a seven-day break and said the coach's animation was needed.

"I reckon that's the first time in a long time you've seen an animated Fages like that," Zorko said.

"It was warranted, and it got the result it required.

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"It's a once in a blue moon sort of thing, which I think has that really strong affect."

Charlie Cameron trained on Tuesday morning before media arrived, as did Cam Rayner, who is expected to return from a hamstring injury to play St Kilda on Sunday.

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Cameron overcame a knee injury to play the Kangaroos at the weekend, and Zorko said the All Australia's low output (five disposals and no goals) had nothing to do with the knee.

"He's 100 per cent fine, he was right to go on the weekend," Zorko said.

"Players play sore all the time, there's no structural damage, but forwards also have quiet games.

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"If he kicks a couple of goals but only has five touches, everyone goes "oh, it's OK".

"He probably didn't have the impact on the game he wanted but you don't always get that as a forward.

"He'll respond this week I've got no doubt about it."