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Suns smash woeful Kangaroos in AFL

Gold Coast have backed up their impressive round-one showing against West Coast by demolishing a pedestrian North Melbourne in a 59-point AFL win.

The Suns, who pushed the Eagles for three quarters in Perth last week, were far too good for the disappointing Kangaroos as they romped to a 14.14 (98) to 5.9 (39) victory at Metricon Stadium.

In the absence of his good mate Matt Rowell, second-year player Noah Anderson was outstanding in the midfield for the hosts, picking up 35 disposals and seven clearances.

He was not the only standout, however, with Touk Miller (31 disposals) and Jack Lukosius (22 disposals, one goal) also hugely influential through the middle of the park.

Izak Rankine and key forward Ben King each kicked three goals for the Suns.

Alex Sexton (two) was the game’s other multiple goalkicker.

There was also a first goal in Suns colours for recruit Oleg Markov when he capped a sweeping team move in the opening term that went through hands right across the field before the hard-running ex-Richmond defender floated the ball home.

It was not all good news for the Suns with tall forward Sam Day and defender Connor Budarick both failing to finish the match due to knee injuries.

It is a potentially devastating blow for luckless 28-year-old Day, who missed the entire 2017 season with a serious hip injury.

North were as bad as the scoreboard suggests, and if new coach David Noble had any uncertainty over the magnitude of the task at Arden St, he will not now.

Chairman Ben Buckley’s bold assertion that he wants the club to be “competing regularly” in the top four within two to three years looks a long way off on this showing.

Kangaroos midfielder Jack Mahony limped off late in the game with an ankle injury, with injury sub Aaron Hall replacing him for the last five minutes.

The Suns head to Adelaide next Friday to face the Crows while, on the same day, North return to Melbourne and will host the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

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