Kieren Jack: Don't underestimate the Suns

July 30, 2012, 6:37 pm

This weekend we're flying up to the Gold Coast to play the Suns at Metricon Stadium.

Neutrals may look at the gap between both clubs on the ladder and see a big win for us, but their form over the past month suggests it won't be an easy game.

Tight losses to Geelong and Brisbane, plus a memorable win against Richmond, are an indication they are continuing to get better at AFL level.

The thing about a team full of young boys as well is that they tend to just go out and play, without worrying about form or past results. That's always a danger.

We are happy with how we are travelling, but every week is a new challenge.

Personally, coming up against Gary Ablett, Karmichael Hunt, David Swallow and young Harley Bennell in the midfield is a big test.

Karmichael, I think, deserves special praise for the way he has come on this year, especially when you consider the heavy scrutiny that has followed his every move on the Gold Coast.

I know how difficult it is to transition from rugby league to Aussie Rules footy, without having done it at first grade level.

They are truly two different games and coming across to AFL takes time and patience, with no guarantee of success.

What K has done in such a short space of time is remarkable.

We share the same agent at Titan Management so I have been able to follow his progress closely, and it was a special moment to see him kick the winning goal against Richmond a couple of weeks ago.

Niceties aside, coming up against K tomorrow, my preparation will be like it is every other game. You do your homework, avoid playing to their strengths and attack their weaknesses.

As a squad I like to think we're still flying under the radar.

Being a Sydney team, the pressure isn't as intense away from footy as it is in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, which is a bonus for us.

Also, I think players and fans recognise there isn't much that separates all of the top eight teams this season.

Last year we probably won half of the tight contests we played, whereas this year we have managed to sneak home in the tight ones and close out games we should win.

There are signs of maturity there, but the games have been so close I definitely wouldn't say we a step ahead of the pack.

I haven't been in this position before, so having the experience of senior guys like Adam Goodes, Jude Bolton and Ryan O'Keefe makes a huge difference.

Each week they have being drumming home the need for us to put the pedal down and go full steam ahead. Hopefully we can do that against the Suns tomorrow and keep our run going.

Cheers, Kizza

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  1. garry jessop11:50am Thursday 16th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh mate,give me a break will you.Why is it that you AFL players are so political correct and scared to actually state the facts.The truth is you will flog them by 100 points plus.I mean if Black Caviar was coming up against a maiden would you expect connections to say similar words and tones that you guys talk?Mate you will kick their are.You are expected to kick their are.That the facts mate so take a leaf out of Sam Newman,Akamanis and Graeme Corners and just write as it is and cut the #$%$Gee I would love to play on you each week.