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Gold Coast stun Carlton to end their perfect start to the season as Blues lose Patrick Cripps

Gold Coast stun Carlton to end their perfect start to the season after Blues lose skipper Patrick Cripps to hamstring damage

Superstar Patrick Cripps’ hamstring damage has rubbed salt into the wound for Carlton after the Blues’ red-hot start to the AFL season got here to a shuddering halt with a 30-point loss to Gold Coast.

Cripps was subbed out of Sunday’s match at the end of the first quarter as the Suns bounced again from final weekend’s loss to GWS in fashion with a 13.14 (92) to 8.14 (62) win at Metricon Stadium.

With Marc Pittonet (again) a late withdrawal for the Blues, Suns’ ruckman Jarrod Witts had a day trip as the hosts gained clearances 45 to 27.

Gold Coast ended Carlton’s unbeaten run with a dominant win at Metricon Stadium

Witts gained 42 hitouts and picked up seven clearances as he monstered the Blues’ makeshift ruck unit of Tom De Koning and Jack Silvagni.

That dominance in the ruck allowed midfielders Touk Miller (32 disposals, eight clearances) and Noah Anderson (35 disposals, 10 clearances) to star, notably in the absence of Cripps for the Blues.

Lachie Weller was dynamic all through the recreation for the Suns as effectively, with 31 touches, eight marks and two objective assists.

Malcolm Rosas kicked three majors as the Suns pulled off a stunning upset on Sunday

Malcolm Rosas kicked three majors as the Suns pulled off a shocking upset on Sunday

Noah Anderson was dominant for the Suns, finishing with 35 disposals and 10 clearances

Noah Anderson was dominant for the Suns, ending with 35 disposals and 10 clearances

Recruit Mabior Chol (centre) kicked three majors for the Suns in their dominant win

Recruit Mabior Chol (centre) kicked three majors for the Suns in their dominant win

Recruit Mabior Chol kicked three majors for the Suns whereas Malcolm Rosas celebrated his first look of the season together with his first three AFL targets and recalled Josh Corbett kicked two targets.

Blues ahead Harry McKay, regardless of copping a heavy knock to his face in the second quarter in a marking contest, kicked two targets for the guests as they suffered their first defeat of the season.

The Blues made a quick start with Charlie Curnow and Cripps kicking targets inside the opening three minutes however the Suns responded to kick 5 of the subsequent six majors and have a 15-point lead at the first change.

Carlton lost influential skipper Patrick Cripps to a hamstring injury after the first quarter

Carlton lost influential skipper Patrick Cripps to a hamstring damage after the first quarter

The Blues were stifled by the Suns throughout the game and could not get going offensively

The Blues had been stifled by the Suns all through the recreation and couldn’t get going offensively

Cripps’ did not return for the second quarter, whereas Gold Coast lost defender Jy Farrar to a hamstring damage early in the second time period.

McKay’s two targets gave the Blues a raise however when Rosas kicked his third after a handball from Witts instantly after a ball-in, the Suns went into the sheds 14 factors clear at the foremost break.

The stress appeared to inform on Carlton early in the third time period as they twice conceded 50 metre penalties for off-the-ball scuffles which led to simple targets for Chol and Ben Ainsworth.

Michael Voss (left) saw his team lose their first game of the season after a 3-0 start

Michael Voss (left) noticed his staff lose their first recreation of the season after a 3-0 start

Late targets in the third quarter to Izak Rankine and Corbett prolonged the Suns’ margin to six targets at the closing flip.

Both groups traded early targets at the start of the closing time period earlier than the recreation fizzled out in the closing minutes as the Suns cruised to their second win of the season.

Gold Coast journey to Melbourne to face St Kilda subsequent weekend whereas Carlton are again at the MCG towards last-placed Port Adelaide.

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