Dan McStay and the Lions want to prove their superiority in Queensland in Saturday's Q Clash. Photo: @brisbanelions/Twitter

Brisbane forward Dan McStay isn't taking Queensland rivals Gold Coast lightly ahead of the first Q Clash of 2021.

The Q Clash fixture is one that has slowly developed some heat over the past few AFL seasons.

While Brisbane is still firmly the dominant AFL side in Queensland, leading the ledger over Gold Coast 13-6, the rivalry is beginning to intensify.

Despite having won the previous four battles straight, Lions forward Daniel McStay says his side won’t be letting the Suns be unaccountable in what could be a danger game.

“They’re a danger team,” McStay told Yarra Valley FM.

“They’re a team that just want to grind you into the ground, they want to make it really contested and then just slingshot off half-back footy.

“It’s going to be a tough game, and we know they’re going to bring their best. They love playing us and we love playing them.

“They’ve definitely improved over the past few years… they’re around the mark. They beat Sydney a couple of weeks ago, they’re the in-form team, so we won’t take them lightly.”


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The fire in the rivalry has been developing quickly since 2016, a few key incidents responsible for igniting a few sparks between the two sides.

Former Sun turned Demon Steven May famously knocked out Lions ruckman Steven May with a flying hip-and-shoulder in Q Clash 11, spurring on a brawl between the opposing sides.

May would received five weeks suspension for the incident, having previously performed a similar act against Tom Rockliff the year prior.

Dayne Zorko and Touk Miller had their share of spats throughout the 2018 season, from unreciprocated handshakes to spot fires all over the ground.

With Miller missing this week through suspension, Zorko can breathe a sigh of relief.

“I don’t think he [Zorko] has even really thought about it, to be honest,” McStay laughed.

“Obviously he’s a great player, he’s in really good form. He’s going to be a massive loss for them and hopefully we can use that to our advantage.

“I feel like they [the Suns] probably build it up more than we do, we probably just try and focus more on it just being another game and don’t get too carried away with any of the outside noise.

“We’re just looking forward to going down there, hopefully coming away with the four points and stamping our authority as the team in Queensland.”

Brisbane will be looking for its fifth win straight to propel into the top four, while Gold Coast are aiming to make it three wins from its last four games.

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