NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott says he is unfazed by a fourth-quarter fade-out that allowed Gold Coast to claw back 34 points in the NAB Cup round-two clash on Saturday.
The Kangaroos put on a goalkicking clinic for the first three quarters of the first AFL-level match in the North Queensland city, kicking two super goals and 12 goals to take a 47-point lead into the final break.
But with the relative temperature floating above 40 degrees, the North Melbourne players struggled to deal with the humid conditions and Scott decided it was time to experiment with his line-up given the unlimited interchange policy.
The Kangaroos still won by 13 points as the Suns kicked six final-quarter majors, but the coach said he was not bothered by the Gold Coast final chase. ''We really took the opportunity to try a new things, experiment with a few things, which in hindsight we got a little bit confused out on the ground at certain times,'' Scott said.
Both teams used towels dipped in icy water on the shoulders of their interchange bench to try to deal with the conditions.
Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna was happy with the way his near full-strength side clawed back the deficit, especially after trailing by 39 points at quarter-time. ''I don't think you can give any side in the AFL a six-goal head start but, credit to the boys, they've learnt from what they've been doing in pre-season and that ability to finish off a game,'' he said.