Suns reeling from ‘the one that got away’

The Gold Coast Suns have sunk to their ninth straight loss of the AFL season, after letting go of a final quarter lead to fall to the Richmond Tigers by 17 points at the MCG.

The Suns did lead by three goals in the final quarter after Matthew Rosa bagged a goal but the Tigers fought back, leaving the final scoreboard in the Tiger’s favour 17.12 (114) to 15.7 (97).

The Tigers booted six goals to one to finish victors in front of pleased fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


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Dustin Martin proved to be a key player for the Tigers in the last quarter, setting up a Sam Lloyd goal and booted another himself after winning a free kick.

Suns coach Rodney Eade says it was simple errors in the last 15 minutes that cost them the game.

“The last 15 minutes were disappointing. Some of them (SUNS players) have never been exposed to that, being able to dig deep in a close game,” Eade said, while flanked by his three grandchildren.

“I think a couple of them froze.

“(We) turned the ball over when we shouldn’t have. The third quarter was really the way we want to play. So for 90 per cent of the game, I was pretty pleased.”

“You’re 15-odd points up in the last quarter and you lose by (about) 15, it’s just not acceptable,” he said.

“It’s certainly one that got away, and we’re certainly disappointed in that.

“They got a free kick from the centre bounce. It was Tom Nicholls, punched or connected (with Trent) Cotchin in the back of the head. That was very undisciplined. It cost us a goal and it’s just not acceptable.

“A few other mistakes we made obviously cost us badly.”

He pointed to a particular trait that would help his side improve.

“For us to grow and be a better team, we’ve got to be ruthless,” Eade said.

Play was halted for a few minutes in the third term when Kade Kolodjashnij was knocked out after Sam Lloyd kneed him in the head when making a legitimate marking attempt.

Eade said with the week off, Kolodjashnij would be likely to face the Hawks as long as there were no issues with his neck.

The 21-year-old took to social media a few hours following the game to let fans know his scans had come back clear.