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‘They are not supernatural’: Lions stare down Tigers

Lions coach Chris Fagan has revived memories of premiership coach Leigh Matthews’ famous 2001 line in an attempt to give his team confidence in Friday night’s qualifying final at the Gabba.

The Lions have not defeated the Tigers in their past 15 encounters, but Fagan said although he respects Richmond his team should not be daunted at the prospect of playing them in such a big game.

Chris Fagan addresses his team at training on Tuesday.

Chris Fagan addresses his team at training on Tuesday.Credit:Getty Images

“I’m not sure they are supernatural. They are just human beings like we are,” Fagan said, echoing the sentiment of Matthews’ famous “if it bleeds, we can kill it” line.

The famous Matthews quote was the forerunner to the Lions’ threepeat from 2001-03. Brisbane overcame Essendon in round 10 despite being massive underdogs against the defending premiers, who had already won eight of their first nine games that season and defeated the Lions in their previous five encounters.

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