AFL: Gold Coast Suns chasing back-to-back wins in Darwin

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Gold Coast co-captain Touk Miller has promised the Suns will “target” Geelong’s Tom Stewart in similar fashion to Port Adelaide’s successful taming of the Cats star last week.

A frustrated Stewart was kept quiet last Friday night at GMHBA Stadium, with the Power’s Jed McEntee’s successful tagging mission on the five-time All-Australian a key factor in Port’s six-point win.

The Suns took note of the Power’s success in nullifying Stewart and seem likely to adopt similar tactics in Darwin on Thursday night.

“He’s a really damaging player and has been for a long time,” Miller said of Stewart.

“He’s someone we’re going to look to target. I know he probably sees that coming already, but when you do have really good players in your team, you’ve got to find a way to either work around them or restrict their damage.”

Stewart admitted he let his frustrations with McEntree’s close attention get the better of him last week in giving away a 50m penalty.

“I showed I was human and I’m OK with that,” Geelong’s vice-captain said.

“I expect it most weeks and it’s a badge of honour for me. From where I’ve come from to where I am now, to have teams putting that much time and effort into to my game to stifle what I can do is something that I wear proudly.

“I expect the same from Gold Coast, and we expect to do the same to their good players like Touk.

“It’s AFL footy and it’s what we anticipate.”

After starting their season with seven successive wins, the Cats have lost two games on the trot.

“We the last few weeks haven’t been at our best, but we think we’ve had a really good preparation and we’re excited to come up against a quality outfit,” Stewart said.

“We gave ourselves a shot to win (against Port) but unfortunately we came up short. The lesson from that is be ready for the contest earlier and no be too retreative in the way we play the game and get the ball up in our half.”

Stewart confirmed that stalwart Tom Hawkins had not travelled to Darwin and would be rested.

The Cats will also be without Hawkins’ fellow forward Jeremy Cameron (concussion).

“We can only play who Geelong put out there,” Miller said.

The Suns are chasing back-to-back Darwin wins after beating North Melbourne by 68 points at TIO Stadium last Saturday.

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