Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir praised the performance of the Gold Coast Suns as they defeated his high-flying side by 36 points on Sunday.
The Dockers are priced at 14/1 to win the 2022 AFL grand final but were not at their best in the wet conditions as they slipped to just their second defeat of the season.
Despite the conditions, Longmuir was not using them as an excuse and he believes that the Suns were the better team on the day and deserved their win.
"It’s interesting, when the Suns lose, they cop it, and when they win, it’s the other team having a down day," he said. "They played really well today, and from what I’ve seen on the tape during the week, they’ve been playing some really good footy.
So, they deserve all the credit today.”
Longmuir was also in no mood to blame the conditions and says his side just didn’t take their chances.
"We’ve got to be better than that. It rains in Perth as well,” He added. "We get multiple wet games a year. We’ve got to be better. We’ve been praising, internally in particular, our even contribution, and today they just had more contributors in the conditions."
The Suns pick up another win after last week’s success over Sydney Swans and coach Stuart Dew says they are heading in the right direction.
"We've been seeing signs, we got reward last week so it was important to go again this week," he said. "The ladder is still settling. There's clearly a couple of standout teams up the front, but then there's a big glut of teams there and we certainly want to be in the mix.”