SUNS vice-captain Touk Miller has backed the team in to bounce back after the Round 5 loss to Geelong.
The SUNS were in the contest for most of the game against the Cats, and Miller said with a few tweaks the team could recapture the same form which saw them win three games in a row since the competition restart.
“Looking back on the game I think there’s some easy fixes for us,” Miller told SUNS Media.
“We probably didn’t turn up for the whole four quarters which really hurt us and a good side’s always going to make you pay.
“I don’t think it’s anything too complicated, nothing to be scared of, it wasn’t a reality check or anything like that, it’s just easy fixes.
“(There’s) some offensive stuff that we can work on and also defensively, I think we can really produce some good football against Melbourne.”
The next two weeks will look different for Gold Coast; the club will be spending two weeks on the road in Wollongong as it prepares for games against Melbourne and Sydney in New South Wales.
But Miller said he and his teammates had embraced the opportunity to bond together away from home.
“At the moment we’re going with the approach of anytime, anywhere,” he said.
“That’s going to be our mantra for the next two or three weeks or however long that is that we’re away.
“That goes for everything, it goes for your downtime, it goes for your training, it goes for anything you do in your day-to-day life.
“I think all the boys have come with a good attitude and that’s all that counts I think.”
It will be a game of milestones on the weekend; SUNS veteran Jarrod Harbrow will play his 250th AFL match and Stuart Dew will coach his 50th.
The SUNS will be doing everything possible to get the win for the pair, and Miller says it all starts in the middle of the ground.
“(Melbourne’s) midfield is pretty potent especially with (Max) Gawn as their ruck,” he said.
“If we can nullify them at the source and the contest I think we can really beat them on the outside.
“I think it’s a pretty simple brand of football; pressure and contest wins you games and if we bring that we’ll get four points.”