THE GOLD COAST SUNS have pointed the finger at poor goal kicking for their 35-point loss to the Sydney Swans at Metricon Stadium.
The local boys were outdone by the visitors who proved to be too big, too strong and too classy in the 17.7 (109) to 10.14 (74) victory last night.
The SUNS’ website reports, the highlight of the clash was keeping stars Kurt Tippett and Adam Goodes goalless.
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Steven May was superb on Lance Franklin, despite ‘Buddy’ finishing with three goals.
Franklin will face a nervous wait from the Match Review Panel after appearing to catch GC SUNS defender Clay Cameron high with a bump during the second quarter, while fellow power forward Tippett hobbled off late in the third quarter holding his left knee and was replaced by substitute Jake Lloyd.
Swans Coach John Longmire was relieved to leave the Gold Coast with the premiership points.
“They’re not an easy team to beat anywhere, but especially not here,” he said.
To beat a team who has won the same games as you, virtually at full strength, we knew it would be a bit of a challenge and they keep working the opposition to the end of the game.”
For the SUNS, Gary Ablett returned from two quieter weeks to finish with 37 touches, 10 clearances and eight tackles in an enthralling duel with Ben McGlynn, who had 22, seven and nine of his own.
While Charlie Dixon and youngster Kade Kolodjashnij both claimed two goals.