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SUNS hold on for gripping QClash win

RD5: Highlights v Lions Watch the Lions and Suns clash in round five

Gold Coast has hung on to win a gripping QClash by five points against Brisbane on Sunday night with some final minute defensive heroics nabbing them a third win of the season.

The Suns led by as much as 27 points in the third term and had to withstand a final quarter Lions comeback, but hung on to win 11.10 (76) to 10.11 (71) to right their season after successive losses in Perth.

No.1 draft pick Cam Rayner had a flying shot at goal from 50m in the final seconds to draw the contest, but pulled it wide for a behind.

The Suns were desperate all night and it was fitting their defence won the contest when it counted.

With the Lions pressing inside the last two minutes and needing a goal to win, Marcus Ashcroft medallist Touk Miller threw his body across Jacob Allison's boot as the Lion lined up on the run from 50m.

His smother will be the lasting image of the contest.

Jack Martin followed it up just seconds later with a goal-saving tackle 15m from goal to get his team out of trouble.

Gold Coast's win came with just 21 men for most of the night after young small forward Darcy MacPherson limped off with a lower leg injury in the second term and did not return.

After four weeks of travel, the Suns showed no signs of fatigue.

They were methodical and disciplined, swarming Brisbane with relentless pressure.

They were all over the Lions from the opening bounce, with Jarrod Harbrow's bone-rattling tackle on Ryan Bastinac indicative of their intensity. 

Miller went to Dayne Zorko and made the Lions star's night a miserable one.

At every opportunity, Miller got stuck into the All Australian, pushing, shoving and giving him no breathing space.

Zorko finished with a paltry 10 disposals and had minimal influence, while Miller became more and more involved as the night wore on, racking up 21 touches, including seven clearances.

Captain Steven May played easily his best game of the season, while David Swallow, Brayden Fiorini and Jarrod Harbrow also excelled.

The loss will sting the Lions.

It is the fourth time in five rounds they have had a chance to win in the final term, yet they are winless. 

Young midfielders Jarrod Berry (25 disposals) and Hugh McCluggage (26) were excellent, while Eric Hipwood (three goals) made the most of few opportunities and Charlie Cameron (two goals from 18 touches) looked like tearing the game apart.


BRISBANE           2.3     4.7      7.9      10.11     (71)                  
GOLD COAST     4.2     7.3     10.6     11.10     (76)          

Hipwood 3, Cameron 2, Taylor, Bailey, Rayner, Zorko, McStay,
Gold Coast: MacPherson 2, Lynch 2, Fiorini 2, Lyons, Young, Day, Holman, May 

 Berry, Witherden, Martin, McCluggage, Cameron, Andrews
Gold Coast: Miller, Fiorini, May, Swallow, Weller, Harbrow

: Nil  
Gold Coast: MacPherson (lower leg), May (dislocated finger)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Schmitt, Fleer 

Official crowd: 16,087 at the Gabba