GOLD Coast's impressive form has continued after defeating Fremantle by 13 points in an arm-wrestle at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.
Scores were level at three-quarter time before the Suns broke free thanks to a freakish Jack Lukosius goal from the boundary and another quick snap from Ben Ainsworth.
The 10.4 (64) to 8.3 (51) result was the Suns' third straight win and sees the Dockers yet to salute in 2020, and with major concerns over the fitness of Nat Fyfe after the Brownlow medallist injured his hamstring late in the third term.
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In a tight affair, Gold Coast sprung to life in the second quarter with five quick goals in succession, setting up a three-goal lead while Freo was napping in an entertaining first half with no behinds registered by either team.
Matt Rowell was the star of the show for the Suns yet again, finishing with 20 disposals and two goals in another best-on-ground performance.
Expect a busy Sunday for the Match Review Officer after a half-time melee between both teams saw emotions spill over, with Dockers forward Matt Taberner having his jumper torn to shreds.
Gold Coast will now travel for the first time this season to take on Geelong at GMHBA Stadium next Saturday, while Fremantle faces Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.
Goalkicking masterclass on show
Goalkicking practice has paid off this week with both the Suns and Dockers on fire in front of the big sticks. Neither side made the goal umpires move in the first half, with brilliant snaps and clutch set-shots on display. After 13 straight goals, Sun Sam Day was the first blemish in the AFL Record after he hit the post just three minutes into the third term, before Docker Jesse Hogan followed suit with a poster a few minutes later.
Red-hot Rowell does it again
It's hard to believe this was just Matt Rowell's fourth game in the AFL. Last year's No.1 pick is proving his red-hot form has been no fluke and he made his mark on the game in the opening seconds against dual Brownlow medallist Fyfe. The young Sun shrugged off the Dockers skipper's tackle with ease and went on to have 20 disposals and two goals, including yet another classy finish on his opposite left foot when the Suns bagged five in a row in the second term.
Superstar skipper suffers hamstring injury
The Dockers will be sweating on scans for Fyfe, whose night ended early with a right hamstring injury. Fyfe pulled up short while running late in the third quarter and headed for the bench where he had ice immediately applied to his hamstring. The Dockers captain had a quiet outing by his lofty standards, finishing with just 11 disposals.
GOLD COAST 2.0 7.0 8.2 10.4 (64)
FREMANTLE 3.0 6.0 8.2 8.3 (51)
Gold Coast: King 2, Sexton 2, Rowell 2, Ainsworth 2, Day, Lukosius
Fremantle: Walters 2, Bewley 2, Schultz, Taberner, Matera, Tucker
Gold Coast: Rowell, Ellis, Witts, Miller, Lukosius, Ainsworth
Fremantle: Tucker, Walters, Taberner, Young, Bewley, Hogan
Gold Coast: Nil
Fremantle: Fyfe (right hamstring)