Robertson playing it tough, playing to win with Lions

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 03: Nick Robertson of the Lions runs the ball during the round seven AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Sydney Swans at The Gabba on May 3, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 03: Nick Robertson of the Lions runs the ball during the round seven AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Sydney Swans at The Gabba on May 3, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Chris Hyde

NICK Robertson is a laid-back kind of character, but brings the kind of intensity to a game Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch and captain Tom Rockliff are asking for.

As Gold Coast halfback Trent McKenzie found out in round five, the 20-year-old from West Australia doesn't mind a scrap on the field, thriving in the heat of battle.

"Rocky always addresses the playing group about having the hunger and desire to win," Robertson told APN yesterday.

It's been an easy buy-in for Robertson, who has been likened by some to new teammate and former Blue Mitch

Robinson as they possess a similar attack on the ball ... and man if they get in the way.

"Robbo's huge," he said. "He always brings intensity, even at training. It's good to pick his brains, getting a bit of understanding about how he goes about it."

Robertson's in-your-face approach was ideal for the defensive midfielder role he had throughout much of his eight games in his debut season in 2014.

But, while he's not about to change his ways when it comes to the opposition, he is now running a little more freely as a wingman.

"My running ability works well on the wing. He (Leppitsch) just thought he'd give me a crack there and it's working really well for the team," he said.

"We might have a little bit of a run-with role with certain big players, but we're more about what we're doing as a group."

After missing the first three rounds as he honed his new position in the twos, Robertson made an instant impact when called up to the 'ones', gathering 19 disposals against West Coast and then career-highs of 24 touches and 10 marks in the QClash in round five.

Robertson saw limited action in the round-six win over Carlton, after colliding with the fence, but then played a major role in last week's upset of Port Adelaide at the Gabba, collecting another 21 possessions.

The Lions now will look to make it three wins on the trot when they take on old sparring partner Essendon at Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

"I think we've all gained confidence from the two wins, as any footy club would," Robertson said.
"We've just got to keep bringing that intensity and that confidence, and we shouldn't have any trouble."



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