GOLD Coast enforcer Steven May says the precedent for aggression has been set after Brisbane Lion Mitch Robinson escaped sanction from the Match Review Panel on Monday.
Robinson was reported for his hit on Geelong captain Joel Selwood on Sunday but did not face charges after the MRP deemed there was "insufficient force".
May was suspended for two matches after last year's first QClash against the Lions for a high bump on Tom Rockliff, and says the Robinson verdict has set the bar for 2016.
"I saw it. I was hoping he would have got rubbed out for our sake," May said.
"I read the report and it said insufficient force, so that's the way they're going to adjudicate it. I hope it's consistent [for] the whole year.
"I've been reported in the past, but I've had to learn to control my aggression and I hope I stay out of the umpire's book, that's for sure."
The Queensland rivals have played 10 times since the Suns entered the competition, with the Lions holding a 6-4 advantage.
Despite being unbeaten through three rounds and starting favourites against the winless Lions, May said form lines were hard to judge.
"We've had an easier fixture than they've had, so it's hard to tell, but to be where we are on the ladder after the first three weeks, it's credit to our boys," he said.
"They've been referred to as our 'Big Brother' since we started, but I read somewhere on the weekend they have the youngest team in the comp, so it's a bit ironic that our big brother is younger than us.
"Come the QClash, anything can happen. They're going to be fired up and I hope our boys are as well.
"We have to approach them like we're approaching Hawthorn or anyone else. As you've seen this year, everyone's beatable."
May said he was confident the Suns' defence could hold up in the absence of injured duo Rory Thompson (ankle) and Trent McKenzie (nose).
He said much like last year, when Aaron Hall, Jesse Lonergan and Alex Sexton were exposed in the midfield and flourished, any defenders given an opportunity could be expected to perform.