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'I'll wait for the experts': Suns fear for Pearce

Dew pleased the Suns 'pushed back' Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew discusses another JLT victory and Pearce Hanley's shoulder injury
It was good for our boys to grind away
Stuart Dew

GOLD Coast will wait for scans to Pearce Hanley's right shoulder on Monday to see if the Irishman will be available for round one.

Hanley dislocated the shoulder in the final quarter of Sunday's win over Brisbane after touching a ball on the goal-line and sliding towards a fence.

Match report: Suns trump Lions in the wet

He had it popped back into place before leaving the field and was in a sling post-match.

WATCH: Hanley slides into shoulder trouble 
 

Suns coach Stuart Dew said it was "hard to know" the extent of Hanley's injury.

"Sometimes they can come out and do a fair bit of damage, other times, given it went back in, it could be a really good sign or a bad one," Dew said.

"I'll wait for the experts."

Dew said he pleased with Hanley's desperation during pre-season as it would "create good habits" for his team.

WATCH: Match highlights - Gold Coast v Brisbane

Jack Martin was another Sun who finished with a slight cloud over him, sitting out the second half with hamstring tightness.

However the Suns coach said the rest was precautionary. 

"He'll be up in Cairns (for round one)."

The victory was Gold Coast's second of the pre-season and came despite having less disposals, inside 50s and scoring shots. 

Dew said after persistent rain on the Gold Coast in recent weeks, his team was ready for the conditions. 

"It was a slog," he said. 

"It was good for our boys to grind away. 

"We won contested ball, ground balls and tackles, things we were working on. It was pleasing."

Despite losing its second straight JLT Community Series match, Brisbane was also taking the positives from its showing. 

Stand-in coach Dale Tapping said generating 60 inside 50s and moving the ball better from the defensive 50 were both aspects the Lions were happy with.

WATCH: Dale Tapping's post-match media conference

He claimed Luke Hodge's debut was everything the club could have hoped for.

"He was really good," Tapping said. 

"Just his leadership and ability to share his knowledge and set up behind the ball. We had good shape behind the ball for most of the day."