Cats cop embarrassing hiding from rising Suns

Cats cop embarrassing hiding from rising Suns

The Gold Coast Suns are well and truly a force to be reckoned with.

They pulled apart Geelong in a 64-point flogging in Darwin on Thursday night – the Cats’ third consecutive loss.

The win sends Damien Hardwick’s Suns skyrocketing from 10th to sixth on the ladder with a 6-4 record.

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The Suns ran rings around the Cats, who looked completely flat after quarter time.

After the first break, Geelong managed to boot 10 goals, while Gold Coast tore them to shreds in the middle, with their forwards piling on 22 majors.

In the third term, the Cats made the call to sub off star midfielder Cam Guthrie, who had minimal impact around the ball.

In comparison, Guthrie’s midfield opponents, Matt Rowell (35 touches), Noah Anderson (41 touches) and Touk Miller (32 touches), made a mockery of the Cats lineup.

It was Geelong coach Chris Scott’s third biggest defeat in his coaching career, while the Suns booted over 150 points for the first time in their 13-year history.

Their 164 points is also the highest score of any team in the 2024 season so far.

As for the Suns forwards, Bailey Humphrey booted a career-high five goals, while Jack Lukosius also booted five and Ben King kicked four.

Tyson Stengle (three goals), Gryan Miers (29 touchesm two goals) and Max Holmes (32 disposals) were the only shining lights for the Cats.

”We came up here wanting to get two wins and we did,” Rowell said on Seven post match.

The Suns have now won their last six games up in Darwin, making TIO Stadium well and truly their own fortress.

The Cats struggled through the humidity that the Suns have come to know and love. It’s only the third time since 2007 that Geelong has lost three games in a row.

They’ll now be forced to go back to the drawing board, as they face one of the flag favourites, GWS, at GMHBA Stadium next Saturday.

Gold Coast now look ahead to their clash against the high flying Blues down in Melbourne.

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