Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett says the Suns need to deliver the four-quarter effort they’ve lacked in the past to defeat AFL rivals Brisbane.

One measly quarter.

That’s all that’s stopped Gold Coast from posting more than one win in their AFL encounters with intrastate rival Brisbane according to Suns skipper Gary Ablett.

The Suns kicked off their rivalry with the Lions by beating them the first time the teams met back in 2011.

Since then, nothing.

The Lions have kept little brother quiet in the next five derbies, a feat that dual Brownlow medallist Ablett believes is all about his teammates failing to be competitive for the entire contest.

“It comes back to us playing four consistent quarters,” Ablett said.

“Games in the past we’ve played well for two or three quarters but there’s one quarter that lets us down where they kick five or six goals and there’s just no coming back from that.”

Saturday’s match between the pair at Metricon Stadium is arguably the first where the Suns go in with the favourites tag around their necks.

Last year the improving Suns were considered on a par with the Lions.

Now Ablett is confident his team is poised to show they’re top dogs in Queensland as the Lions still search for their first win under rookie coach Justin Leppitsch.

“The boys are a lot stronger than they were last year, a lot fitter,” Ablett said.

“We know the areas of our game we need to improve and need to get better.

“That’s what we’re focusing on. If we do that well hopefully that’s good enough to get us over the line.”