DAYNE Zorko admitted Brisbane got a rude shock when it copped a 65-point flogging at the hands of Hawthorn on a sodden MCG on Sunday.
The mature-age recruit, overlooked by AFL clubs despite dominating the QAFL for four seasons before finally getting a chance with the Lions this year, said after beating West Coast at the Gabba two weeks ago the team had gone to Melbourne full of confidence.
But Zorko said the Lions were shown up for pace, execution and forward line pressure.
"We gave ourselves an absolute massive chance. But we just couldn't match Hawthorn's leg speed," Zorko said. "They executed a lot better than us ... they've got a lot of left-footers that hit targets every time.
"We'll learn from that and hopefully play really well against the Bulldogs this week."
While some of his teammates were shown up, Zorko, who only made his debut against Collingwood in round seven, was one of Brisbane's best with 24 possessions, nine marks, seven tackles and three goals.
The rookie would have been almost a certain NAB Rising Star nominee this week except eligibility is restricted to players who had played less than 10 games at the start of the year, and were also under 21.
One of the shortest players in the competition at just 175cm, the 23-year-old said the wet MCG had been tailor-made for him.
"It was probably my best game. I love playing in the wet ... the more rain the better for me," Zorko said.
He won't have that advantage against the Bulldogs on Saturday with the game scheduled to be played under the roof at Etihad Stadium.