A SUNS squad striving a consistent performance found just what it needed in a remarkable 10-point victory over Richmond at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night.
It’s the first time the SUNS have defeated a reigning premier and it all came about from a siren-to-siren high-pressure, high-intensity performance which had in-form midfielder Touk Miller rapt after full-time.
“We played the brand of footy we wanted to play,” Miller said.
“We want to be hard to play against and I think we did that for four quarters, got the result and we’re absolutely stoked.
“Everyone has expectations on who you should and shouldn’t beat. I thought we played a somewhat consistent game (last weekend against North Melbourne).
“All we’re chasing is a consistent performance and that’s resulted in us having a win today.”
Miller continued his sparkling form which has seen him take his game to a new level in 2021. He had a game-high 36 touches, reaching 30+ disposals from a ninth straight game to go with game-high tallies in contested possessions (15), total clearances (nine) centre clearances (five) and tackles (seven).
Asked what the catalyst behind his rise is in 2021, Miller heaped praise on his peers.
“(The) People around me. I like the blokes I’m playing with and I’m just the beneficiary of the blokes playing alongside me.”
Key forward Ben King had a night to remember, kicking four majors, including a game-sealing snap late in the final term, to move up to third in the Coleman Medal race.
“He plays a massive role for us, he’s been under the pump for the last few games, but we do our best to protect him where we can inside the four walls and when he gets his opportunity to kick goals, he does,” Miller concluded.