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Hunter’s absence not ‘a longer term’ one: Beveridge

“Lachie has had a bit to deal with and has used up a lot of energy in finding his way back.

“He had to have an extra month off than everyone did during the hiatus and he just needed a spell this week.

“We’ll just keep monitoring how he is going. He’ll be fine, just got to look after him.

“He’ll come back into the side, I can’t tell you when [but] he’ll be OK.”

The Bulldogs coached lauded his sides defensive effort on Thursday night to repel sustained attacks from a high intensity Gold Coast Suns outfit.

Charlie Ballars of the Suns faces a fierce attack from Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli.

Charlie Ballars of the Suns faces a fierce attack from Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli.Credit:Getty Images AsiaPac

“[I] thought our backmen did an outstanding job just repelling those entries,” Beveridge said.

“Just holding back the tide and it gave us an opportunity to stay in the game.

“It was a night of perseverance. They work hard the Suns.”

Suns coach Stuart Dew called the game “a missed opportunity”. The Suns locked the ball in their attacking half for large parts of the game including the second quarter, most of the third term and the latter stages of the last quarter.

“We hung in,” he said. “We were unable to take out chances.

“Learn on the job with that one.”

Star third-gamer Izak Rankine had four unsuccessful shots on goal in that final term but Dew said he wasn’t too down on the misses, citing opportunities earlier in the game to other players and problems with their stoppage setup as also contributing to the loss.

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