Simpson puts heat on lacklustre runners

Justin Chadwick
Eagles coach Adam Simpson has blasted his players for their lack of intensity against Gold Coast

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has put the blowtorch on his players, saying they ran harder in a recent intra-club match than they did in Saturday's shock loss to Gold Coast.

The Suns snapped a 19-game losing streak with an upset 44-point win over the Eagles.

After the match Simpson blasted his team's lack of intensity in the contest, believing that was the major reason why they lost the game.

But subsequent analysis of the GPS data has revealed another key reason - the team's lack of running power on the night.

"Looking at our GPS data, we ran harder in the intra-club the week before," Simpson told Channel 7.

"... For whatever reason they didn't perform on the weekend.

"Gold Coast were really good, the way they competed and really attacked the contest, it was pretty impressive and we couldn't match it, so we've got a week to turn it around."

West Coast could be without star defender Jeremy McGovern for Saturday night's clash with Brisbane at the Gabba.

McGovern was handed a one-match ban for striking Gold Coast's Alex Sexton, but he will appeal the decision at the Tribunal on Tuesday night.

If the ban is upheld, premiership defender Will Schofield could be called up to fill the void.

Simpson has refused to use the hub situation as an excuse for the poor display against Gold Coast.

The Eagles lost the contested possession battle by 22 against the Suns and Simpson has put the onus on his players to make sure it was a one-off blip.