Following his team’s 61-point win over Essendon in round one, coach Rodney Eade indicated he thought the SUNS got too comfortable, prompting him to label elements of the performance as “disappointing”.
Addressing reporters at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday, vice-captain Steven May echoed those sentiments, saying Gold Coast only played to their full potential for about 60 per cent of the game and the veteran mentor let his players know about it in the rooms post-game on Saturday evening.
“He was very, very angry after the game,” May said.
“He wasn’t super excited with the way we played the full game. He preaches about playing four-quarter football and we probably played two and a half quarters on the weekend so we got what we deserved from him.
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“He coaches us as if we’re going to play top-eight football. He’s not coaching us just to get by and get a win.
“So we’re happy he keeps us to that standard and the boys want to make up for it with the trip to Freo and show that we can play four-quarter football and if we do I think we’re a real chance against Freo.”
Despite a convincing win in the season opener, it’s important for the SUNS to remain focused on the track with a long trip to Perth awaiting them this weekend.
Last year’s preliminary finalists Fremantle will be ready for the contest, still licking their wounds after a heavy defeat to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
May says Gold Coast will take some inspiration from what the Bulldogs were able to achieve, but knows the SUNS will still face a quality opponent at Domain Stadium.
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“It shows that they’re beatable but also they’re a terrific outfit and Ross Lyon will have them fired up for their first home game of the year,” May said.
“He wasn’t happy with how they played on the weekend but if we can implement some of the pressure that the Bulldogs were able to bring to the Dockers, it shows that they are beatable and we’re up for the challenge.”