24/04/2024

Touk Miller was the Suns best in a dominant win over Sydney. Photo: goldcoastfc.com.au

Touk Miller starred as the Gold Coast Suns smashed the Sydney Swans by 40 points on Saturday afternoon at Metricon Stadium.

Coming off a tough loss to Carlton last week, the Gold Coast Suns returned with a vengeance today, smashing the Sydney Swans by 40 points.

Stuart Dew was quick to praise the turnaround of his side, and defended the performance last week.

“Last week we showed we’ve got some grit,” Dew explained.

“We felt like, its coming [a performance like today], and we’ve got to continue now. We saw glimpses last week, and a really good patch in the third last week.”

Dew noted that the halftime atmosphere this week at half time was a reserved pme.

“They’ve got to live their experience, and be hard, and grow,” he said.

“There is some maturity in young heads in the locker room [at half time].”

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Touk Miller was dominant from the start of the game, with 16 disposals in the first quarter, and a final stat line of 36 disposals, nine tackles, nine clearances, five score involvements and six inside 50s.

Dew was glowing in his praise for Miller after the game.

“His work rate is really impressive, he never gives up, and its always two ways, and we’re really proud of Touk, and where he’s going as a player and as a leader, he’s been consistent all year,” he said.

“He’s worked so hard on his game, he’s been working on it for a number of years, and in my time here, he’s fanatical about working on his kicking, what his delivery is like, his hands, driving his legs.

“I remember sitting back in the draft room at Sydney, talking about his character, when I got this job I was glad to have him on the team.

“I remember the reports about him then, and I’m glad to have him on the team.”

Dew was happy to laud more than Miller’s on field contribution.

“For the guys he’s a great role model and a leader.” he said.

Dew explained that the whole side played with physicality today, as the Suns outmuscled the Swans.

“We talked about weight of numbers, not leaving it to too few, and the boys deserved that today, for the work they’ve put in, and that’s been a body of work,” he said.

“That was a brutal physical game, and that’s when opportunities can open up.”

Dew explained that he will take a brief break before he turns his attention to Collingwood next weekend.

“I’ll pause for about 24 hours before I get my head there [looking at Collingwood], it was a heavy week for all of us.”

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