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Adam McNicol  August 16, 2016 3:14 PM

AFL 2012 Rd 05 - Brisbane v Geelong

Tom Hawkins in action against the Lions at the Gabba in 2012

We'd like Tom to be playing better but we're really confident he's got that footy in him.

Tom Hawkins will be aiming to kick-start his run towards the finals with a good performance in Sunday evening's clash against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

The good news for Hawkins is that his record against the Lions over his career has been excellent.

In fact, he has kicked more goals against them (37) than against any other team.

He booted his career-high bag of seven goals in a big win over the Lions in 2014 and also slotted six against them at the Gabba in 2012.

Brisbane Lions 37 (12 games)
Hawthorn 32 (16 games)
Collingwood 29 (17 games)
Melbourne 28 (10 games)
St Kilda 25 (10 games)
North Melbourne 24 (11 games)
Fremantle 23 (13 games)
Sydney Swans 22 (13 games)
Port Adelaide 21 (11 games)
Western Bulldogs 21 (11 games) 
Essendon  20 (10 games) 
Richmond  18 (10 games) 
West Coast  17 (8 games) 
Carlton  16 (12 games) 
Gold Coast  16 (6 games) 
Greater Western Sydney  14 (5 games) 
Adelaide  13 (10 games) 

Hawkins' form has been quite a talking point in the media and among Cats fans this season, and the man himself is not shying away from the issue.

"I'm probably not habing he influence I'd like, but I'm certainly trying to stay involved in the game," he told television reporters at Simonds Stadium on Monday.

Cats  senior coach Chris Scott continues to back Hawkins all the way.

"We'd like Tom to be playing better but we're really confident he's got that footy in him," Scott said on Fox Footy's AFL 360 program on Monday night.

Hawkins has kicked 44 goals so far in 2016, but he hasn't often dominated games.

Scott believes the reason for this is that Hawkins isn't "getting to enough contests in good positions".

"Even though when we kick it to him sometimes it's going on his head, he's in a poor position and maybe not having enough movement to create space before we go to him," Scott added.

"In our opinion as a coaching group, we don't think we're kicking it to him enough either."