It doesn’t get an easier for Gold Coast this week after challenging first-placed Geelong for three quarters on the weekend.
The SUNS were buoyed by a home crowd against the Cats, but this week face an equally daunting opposition in Greater Western Sydney at Giants Stadium.
Gold Coast is yet to win a match in western Sydney, but ahead of Saturday's clash between the two clubs at the same venue, SUNS co-captain Jarrod Witts believes his team now has a gameplan that can travel.
"We haven't got a great record there, but I think where we're at now – and it gave us confidence last week even though we didn't get the result – we play a brand of footy that I think stacks up anywhere," Witts said.
"It's just on us to bring it.
"Ideally we're getting to the stage now where consistency means we've got to perform outside Metricon Stadium."
Gold Coast continues to show improvement each match after starting the season with three wins from five games.
The SUNS were within two points of the Cats at the final change before conceding four unanswered goals in the last quarter.
Witts said he'd watched the Giants dismantle Melbourne at the weekend, "running in waves and looking really silky", but was excited by the challenge.
"We've got to try and keep it in the contest as much as possible, not allow them to get on the outside where their players can be quite damaging into a forward line that's working well together," he said.
"A bit similar to the weekend where we held it in the contest and played that forward territory sort of game that didn't allow Geelong to get the game on their terms.
"It'll be a similar mindset.
"We know when we bring that sort of heat and pressure around the ball, it makes it hard for the opposition."