AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Bulldogs win epic semi-final by one point, sending Lions out in straight sets

Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli spoke to Channel Seven after the game…

Q: You need to tell all the supporters at home how is the knee?

It should be OK, initial tests are pretty good. Just landed awkwardly. I was a bit ginger initially so rather than limp around it was better to use the interchange.

Q: A lot of support around, they were worried about you. What a win, it looked like the Lions got on top a number of times and you kept fighting and going at them.

It’s what the game asks of us. We know what a quality outfit Brisbane are, especially here when the crowd is loud and pulsating as that. At certain points we thought we were going extra time in a couple of young boys, Bailey Smith, Jack Macrae, couple of the big fellas in the contest needed to score. I’m sure it was good viewing.

Q: It looks like you have such belief in each other, you keep pushing.

That is finals, whoever can get to the line the best. This is a perfect example of what a finals game is like, we copped one or two punches and fire one or two back. You can’t be more proud of a game like that away from home, the last couple of days in quarantine hotel. An important win.

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