Collingwood’s dismal begin to 2021 has taken one more dismal flip, falling to a ferocious Gold Coast outfit by 24 factors, heaping additional pressure on Magpies coach Nathan Buckley.
The Suns outplayed, out-marked (146-98 marks) and outworked (403-371 disposals) a gradual and sloppy Magpies outfit who’ve now fallen to 1-6 – their worst begin since 2005.
In their solely journey to the MCG this season, the win was the Suns’ first on the ‘home of football’ since Round 12 2017 in opposition to Hawthorn.
Brandon Ellis (35 disposals, 16 marks) led the cost for the Suns whereas Touk Miller (34 disposals, eight marks) and Hugh Greenwood (25 disposals, 12 clearances) have been instrumental within the center whereas Josh Corbett booted 4 whereas clunking six marks inside 50.
It solely took a matter of 15 seconds for the Suns to put their stamp on the sport as Chris Burgess booted the opener following very good midfield work from the Gold Coast midfield.
Despite the Suns being well-ahead in disposals (111-93) and marks (40-24), the Magpies had the lead on the finish of the first-term thanks to Brody Mihocek’s double.
However, the offensive would finish there and the Suns would reap the benefits of Collingwood’s lack of pressure and flat defence, kicking 4.1 to 0.5 within the second-term to open up a 19-point halftime lead.
At the start of the second, there was a much-needed response from the Magpies and after a Josh Daicos snap – the lead was again to 4 factors.
The Suns have been ready to stand up to Collingwood’s early resurgence, kicking three of the final 4 of the time period and sustaining their three-goal lead heading into the final-quarter.
Corbett put the dagger within the Magpies’ hopes of a second-half comeback kicking three last-quarter objectives to seal Gold Coast’s third win of the season.
ELLIS RELISHES FAMILIAR SURROUNDS
The final time Brandon Ellis was on the dwelling of soccer it was the 2019 Grand Final whereas celebrating a second premiership for the Tigers.
Today, he was one of many few Suns gamers to be conversant in the MCG surrounds and relished each second placing in his greatest efficiency in a Gold Coast jersey – tallying 35 disposals and taking an astonishing 16 marks.
Ellis, alongside the very good in-and-under work of Hugh Greenwood and Touk Miller will solely assist take this group up the ladder as they seek for their maiden finals look.
PUNCH THE BALL
It was the purpose which summed up the Magpies first-half.
In the ultimate levels of the second-term, Brandon Ellis’ centring kick in direction of purpose from round 60 metres out discovered its approach by way of a forest of Magpies defenders, together with the taller our bodies of Jordan Roughead and Brodie Grundy and someway bounced in for a purpose.
Simply, it was an unforgivable blunder which sucked the life out of an already despondent and crestfallen Magpies trustworthy.
For a lot of the day it was Brody Mihocek vs Gold Coast.
As marquee males Darcy Moore and Jordan De Goey failed to influence the sport in assault, Mihocek was the one and solely act up ahead for the Magpies’ uninspiring entrance six.
The 28-year-old booted their first three of the sport and ended up with 4 the sport whereas showcasing his very good workrate across the floor – reeling in 12 marks for the afternoon.
PIES: 2.3, 2.8, 5.11, 7.13 (55)
SUNS: 2.2, 6.3, 9.3, 12.7 (79)
PIES: Mihocek, Daicos, Pendlebury, Noble, Quaynor
SUNS: Miller, Ellis, Greenwood, Bowes, Corbett, Powell,
PIES: Mihocek 4, Daicos, Noble, Grundy
SUNS: Corbett 4, King 2, Swallow 2, Burgess, Rankine, Ellis, Greenwood
VENUE: 24,397 @ MCG
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
3: Brandon Ellis (GC)
2: Touk Miller (GC)
1: Hugh Greenwood (GC)