Suns bounce-back continues

22 June 2020 18:29:39 GMTPlus10

Gold Coast collected their second big win in a row as they extended Adelaide's losing start to the campaign, with a 53-point win at Metricon Stadium.

As was the case in their 44-point success against West Coast the previous week, the Suns were led to victory by their youngsters.

Last year's No.1 draft pick Matt Rowell enhanced his reputation with two goals, 20 disposals and 10 tackles.

Joining the 18-year-old in contributing a dominant performance was young forward Ben King, who kicked three goals and had 13 disposals and six marks.

Few would have predicted, after the Suns' defeat in the opening round to Port Adelaide made it 19 losses in a row, that they would bounce back with decisive back-to-back wins to claim third spot on the ladder.

Coach Stuart Dew saw his side build a 35-point lead by half-time and go on to win 12.10 (82) to 4.5 (29). It was their first victory against Adelaide - the only club they had previously failed to beat

For the Crows, it was additional agony piled on top of last week's 75-point Showdown loss to Port Adelaide. They are at the foot of the ladder at the end of three rounds, trailing the only other winless team, Fremantle, on percentage.

Adelaide were held scoreless in the first quarter and managed just four majors for the match.

Gold Coast led by 19 points at the first change but should have been further ahead having had 18 inside 50s to three. Their wastefulness in front of goal saw them kick seven behinds, while Lachie Weller put one effort out-on-the-full.

The Suns kicked six goals to one before half-time, and made victory certain with four more unanswered goals in the third term.

Gold Coast are 7/10 to win their next game against Fremantle, who are 61/50.

The Suns are 91/100 conceding a 6.5-points start.

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