Suns struggle without their captain and best player.
Battling Brisbane embarrassed Gold Coast and dealt the Suns’ finals hopes a near mortal blow with a 54-point Q-Clash drubbing on Saturday.
In an astonishing Queensland derby, the shell-shocked Suns were blown away by a seven-goal first term by the Lions before the heavens opened.
An impressive Brisbane went on with the job for a 16.14 (110) to 8.8 (56) upset in front of 27,167 fans – the biggest Gabba crowd of the year – to expose their young neighbours as immature finals pretenders.
Although struggling to avoid the wooden spoon, the hosts’ dominance was such that they could claim to have regained state supremacy with the hatchet job.
While the Lions were hungry and ruthless, the Suns’ dreadful effort in the opening quarter-and-a-half was a damning indictment of their playoff credentials.