THE GOLD COAST SUNS no longer fear travelling down South, after back to back wins in Melbourne.
The Suns will take on Saint Kilda on Sunday as overwheling favourites with bookies.
Going into their round-seven clash against North Melbourne, most of the pre-game talk was whether Gold Coast could break their supposed hoodoo at Etihad Stadium.
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They scored an impressive 43-point win over the Kangaroos, showing how quickly Guy McKenna’s men are developing into genuine finals contenders.
This weekend’s trip could result in the SUNS’ third straight win in Melbourne after beating the Roos and Demons already in their five-win, two-loss campaign.
A victory over the 14th-placed Saints would further cement the SUNS in the eight.
Forward Tom Lynch concedes these are the encounters Gold Coast needs to be winning if they want to be taken seriously by their rivals.
“From day one, we’ve been trying to earn the respect of the competition. We feel that we’re starting to earn that a little bit but we know we’ve got a long way to go before fully earning that respect,” Lynch told AAP.
“Away trips are the ones where we need to start playing consistently well. We obviously had a good win against North Melbourne but we were disappointing against Freo.”
The SUNS welcome back 205cm ruckman Zac Smith for Sunday’s clash in what will be his first appearance in almost 12 months after undergoing a knee reconstruction last year.
First-year player Kade Kolodjashnij will not make the trip south as he battles knee soreness from the win over North.