Jack Martin of the Gold Coast Suns (left) and Tom Bell of the Brisbane Lions in action.
Jack Martin of the Gold Coast Suns (left) and Tom Bell of the Brisbane Lions in action. DAN PELED

Suns to fight fire with fire against Giants

GOLD Coast are desperate to erase memories of their embarrassing start to the QClash and have spent the week preparing to match fire with fire against their other great rivals the Giants on Saturday.

The Suns hate comparisons with fellow expansion club GWS and they rank alongside the Lions as the club Gold Coast are most desperate to beat.

To do that on the Giants' home deck at Spotless Stadium they must play with a higher level of intensity than the premiership favourites from the opening bounce.

GWS were stunned by Adelaide in Round 1 and would find their September credentials being questioned if they were to slump to 0-2.

However, the Suns' starts are a major concern and star utility Jack Martin revealed there were no punches pulled by the coaching staff this week in reviewing the QClash where Brisbane hammered home the first seven goals of the match.

"We were very disappointed with the loss on the weekend, they jumped us early and we were shocked," he said.

"I think getting into GWS game the focus has to be on the start, making sure we are switched-on from the opening bounce and ready to play at full intensity.

"They are coming off a loss and they will be fired up."

Martin said a ferocious tilt at winning the contested footy was the key to putting the Giants on the back foot.

"They played finals last year and made it to a preliminary final so we know they are a really good footy side," he said.

"They have good balance, they run hard and they can score.

"But we are really confident, we are focusing on the contested footy, we have to make sure we can beat them around the ball."

Martin was tipped by coach Rodney Eade to lift his game to another level this year and take the competition by storm after the biggest pre-season of his three-year career but was well down on his usual lofty standards during the season opener.

"I was pretty disappointed in myself, I felt I drifted in and out of the game and I was pretty down on myself," he said.

"So I am looking forward to getting back out there and playing some good footy.

"It was only round one and the body feels great so I feel like I'm ready to produce some good form."

The Suns trained in Sydney on Friday to make up for the session lost to the rain from Cyclone Debbie on Thursday.

Meanwhile, there are some doubts over the fitness of powerful Giants forward Jon Patton.

Patton copped a heavy knock to the hip against Adelaide last week and has completed limited training this week.

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