Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Three Talls Look like Helping the Suns' Rise

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Three Talls Look like Helping the Suns' Rise

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Byline: TERRY MALLINDER APN SPORTS BUREAU

WHILE the midfield battle has been the focus leading up to QClash 7 between Gold Coast and Brisbane, much will depend on the developing offensive units at each end of Metricon Stadium this afternoon.

The attack is seemingly the last piece of the puzzle to lock into place for the Suns, with coach Guy McKenna's Plan A being what he calls the "three-talls forward line" of Tom Lynch, Sam Day and Charlie Dixon.

The structure has had mixed success so far this season. The Suns are ranked last for marks inside their attacking 50m, but last week played the team with the most miserly defence in the league, Fremantle, and in the wet.

McKenna's preferred set-up has been dealt a blow this week though, with the 202cm Dixon, who also supports young Tom Nicholls in the ruck, sidelined with an adductor strain.

"(They are) big shoes to fill ... at least size 15, I think," McKenna told reporters yesterday.

"It's unfortunate for him -- he was just starting to get going.

"He had a delayed pre-season, but through the NAB Challenge you started to see some signs."

McKenna says he is against tampering with his backline, which will have Steven May, the one-time forward who is the leading spoiler in the competition this season, and Rory Thompson as its key defensive pillars.

Thompson may be forced to spend some time forward and pinch-hit in the ruck this week, however, with veteran Matthew Warnock, coming in as cover down back.

"Their (the Lions) forward line is fairly lofty as well so we have to combat that," McKenna said.

"Rory coming back last week from a long layoff (after hip surgery), we want to settle everything down as quickly as we possibly can and get that continuity and chemistry. …

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