The Gold Coast Bulletin

Trust in the back six to do the job


GOLD Coast vice-captain Sam Collins believes trust and consistenc­y are the two key factors that have contribute­d to the club’s backline strength this season.

The Suns are ranked as a top-five team in the competitio­n for scores against through the first eight rounds of 2021 which Collins said had been in part due to playing alongside the same teammates each week in defence.

“There’s flexibilit­y and trust there that if you’re not on your match-up that someone will be able to cover you and you know what to expect from each other,” Collins (pictured) told Suns Media.

“I think Powelly (Wil Powell) has been really exceptiona­l this year and taken another step with his kicking and aerial support so that’s been super.

“We’ve been really consistent across the back half and that’s really helped us.

“We’re ranked really well for defensive scores against and things like that.

“As a back six we’re playing the footy we want. Now we just need to start taking that ball back in the front half of the ground.”

The Suns sit 12th on the AFL ladder but Collins says there is full confidence the wins will start coming

“I think we’ve been really consistent in the way we’ve been going about our football … albeit we’ve fallen short most weeks,” Collins said.

“It’s not all doom and gloom. It’s not as bad as it seems, while we would have loved to win a few more games.

“We’ve been consistent in our approach and process during the week.”

The Suns enter a crucial patch of the season with backto-back games against Brisbane and Geelong.

Collins said he was excited to test himself against some of the best key forwards in the competitio­n over the next fortnight.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge for us. Obviously Brisbane is always an exciting game,” Collins said.

“I know personally for me down back they’ve got three great tall forwards so that’s going to be challengin­g for me, and then we roll into Geelong who are similar with Cameron and Hawkins.

“We really need to take it to them and not shy away from anything.

“They’re both going really well but we need to come out knowing we can win the football and we’ve got the recipe to get it done.”

The Suns take on Brisbane in the QClash at 4.35pm on Saturday at Metricon Stadium.

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