The Suns have been labelled soft ahead of the QClash against the Lions. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
The Suns have been labelled soft ahead of the QClash against the Lions. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Fagan fumes after Lion’s ‘soft’ sledge

BRISBANE defender Nick Robertson has added some extra spice to Saturday's QClash, saying the Gold Coast Suns are 'soft.'

In an interview with Macquarie Sports Radio on Thursday, Robertson said there was a genuine rivalry between the Lions and Suns - then backed it up by questioning the Gold Coast's hardness at the ball.

"I think there is (something in the rivalry), I think we both can't stand each other and I know I can't (stand them)," he said.

"Looking forward to getting stuck into them on the weekend and so will the other boys.

"I reckon they're soft to be completely honest, so I'm looking forward to getting into them.

"It's just a rivalry. They reckon they're the team in Queensland and so do we. So really looking forward to giving it to them and give (our) Lions fans exactly what they want."

Robertson had a laugh about his comments, saying he was "geeing" up the radio hosts, before doubling down on his belief the Suns took "a backwards step" when a hard ball was on the line.

Nick Robertson. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)
Nick Robertson. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

"Look, I think they take a bit of a backwards step when blokes go hard in at the footy," he said.

"I hope they hear that too."

Robertson's comments earned the ire of his coach, Chris Fagan.

Fagan said he believed Robertson would "take those words back" if he could, describing the comments as "great motivation" for the Suns.

Chris Fagan and Stuart Dew (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Chris Fagan and Stuart Dew (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

"I was none too happy, at all," Fagan said.

"Because it doesn't reflect our view of the Gold Coast Suns. It's more Nick's feeling, I guess, towards them.

"He's probably gone off and said those things and now regrets them but I think he'll learn a valuable lesson from it.

"He's going to front up on the weekend and it's going to be on. So he's got to put his head over the footy and play hard and tough."

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