Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew was left ruing his side's poor decision-making after its nine-point loss against last-placed North Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.
The Suns clawed back momentum in the second quarter after a slow start, but ran out of steam in the windy conditions.
"Kicking long down the corridor into the breeze - that's indefensible from our point of view in terms of how to play the conditions," Dew said post-game.
"Our effort was there, (but) execution... the gap was way too big."
Dew said there were similarities to last week’s loss against Port Adelaide which the SUNS weren’t able to correct.
"We had our opportunities. We didn't absorb. We passed pressure to teammates, which was a theme last week," Dew said.
“It stings obviously. North were up for the fight."
The SUNS will play in primetime in Round 16, coming up against a Richmond outfit which was beaten comprehensively by St Kilda on the weekend.
Dew said the Thursday night fixture was a chance for the SUNS to make a statement.
“Importantly we treat it as another opportunity to bring pressure and we saw the rewards that St Kilda got.
“We’ll see the style that when we get it right in our game what it can do to the opposition.
“It’s a big challenge but no bigger than what North was to be honest down here (in Tasmania).”
Tickets for Thursday night’s 7:20pm game at Metricon Stadium go on sale at 12pm today.