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Suns not meeting shadow of Port: Dew

By AAP Newswire

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew says he won't fall into the trap of thinking his AFL side is meeting a depleted Port Adelaide.

Power coach Ken Hinkley reckons he's without eight of his top dozen players for Sunday's clash against the Suns at Adelaide Oval.

Port's injured list includes co-captains Ollie Wines and Tom Jonas, stalwarts Robbie Gray, Brad Ebert, Hamish Hartlett, Charlie Dixon and Hamish Hartlett, among others.

But Dew says he's not dwelling on Port's outs, but rather their ins.

"We could say we are depleted as well," he said.

"Every week, every team can look at who is out. But we will concentrate on who is in."

Hinkley forecast a rugged encounter between his 11th placed club and the 14th-ranked Suns.

"They play a really strong game of footy," he said.

"Stuey and the team up there have done a terrific job because not many people gave them lots of promising outlooks at the start of this year.

"They have done enormously well. They have been in every game they have played basically and we expect that they will be a really hard, strong contest."

While the Suns have shown a strength in the contested side of the game, Hinkley said they had other strings to their bow.

"Their method is not just play it in tight, they have got some real capabilities on the outside and they can really use the ball," he said.

"Their last two or three weeks have been quite exciting in wanting to use the corridor a little bit more."

The Power coach urged his players to rediscover their similarly bold game style.

"For us, once we can get the ball and get it moving a little bit better, we are certainly a better side," he said.

"But we have got to get some flow on that ball and that is really difficult sometimes because oppositions are so good now defensively.

"You have seen it across the competition ... (it) has got quite a defensive mindset about it.

"We have probably got a bit more attacking mindset about it, but it's sometimes a challenge and you can only get moments where you can break through."