SUNS Senior Coach Stuart Dew is imploring his side to continue its consistent run of form into a crunch match against the GWS Giants this weekend.

After a Round 1 victory over West Coast, the SUNS took the fight to the reigning premiers Melbourne at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night, but just fell short by 13 points.

Dew was buoyed by the quality performance from his side, albeit lacking some polish, and is asking for the same endeavour from his players this weekend.

“We all thought that game on the weekend was high pressure, high speed and high physicality,” Dew said.

“We’ve got to maintain our intensity.

“We expect that from the Giants as well, that's their number one mode of play, that contested style.

“Obviously Leon's (Giants coach Leon Cameron) challenged them so we expect them to come out with their best and it's going to be a good challenge for us.

“We look forward to it, but we just want to keep backing that intensity in the game and then play with speed and physicality.”

Dew confirmed Izak Rankine would miss another match with his quad injury, although Lachie Weller is primed to return after exiting the AFL health and safety protocols.

When asked on any further changes, Dew pointed to the form of some players in the VFL on the weekend as contenders to challenge for an AFL berth.

“We'll talk this afternoon and pleasingly there's some guys there that played well on the weekend (in the VFL),” Dew said.

“There was five or six players that that are going to be in discussion.

“So we’ll just look at the balance and make a call but I think it's just a positive that a lot of guys hit the ground running Round 1 of the VFL.”

The club also announced today a contract extension for emerging ruckman Ned Moyle.

Dew said the club was rapt to secure Moyle’s future for an additional two seasons.

“Ned has a pretty unique story, we love him around the footy club,” Dew said.

“The fact that he played in that early trial match essentially shows that he's capable.

“There's not many guys his size at that age that can do what he does so we were pretty keen to lock him away and he was pretty keen to stay here too, which is good.”