Hawthorn sit atop the AFL ladder, but coach Alastair Clarkson admits he’d like to see more from the side.
Sunday’s 26-point win over Gold Coast in Launceston took the reigning premiers to 11 wins for the season, making them competition leaders.
But Clarkson conceded the side is still far from best form and failed to produce a convincing win.
“I’d like to think we can improve a little bit,” the coach said following the 12.14 (86) to 8.12 (60) result.
“It’s probably mainly to do with consistency from quarter to quarter.”
At York Park, the Suns dominated most of the first half and at one stage opened a margin of 21 points before Hawthorn found some form.
Clarkson said his troops respond when they need to and credited strong leadership and composure among senior players, including captain Luke Hodge, who made a successful return from injury, finishing with 28 disposals.
“We’ve particularly played well when we’ve really needed to play well and found ourselves in really tough contests,” Clarkson said.
“We would be hopeful that there is some further improvement in our young players.
“And just the simple fact that our captain might play a fair bulk of the second half of the year will be really important for us too.”
Hawthorn has a bye next round before taking on Port Adelaide on July 7.
“It will be good to have a bit of a deep breath for four or five days and then get ourselves ready for what promises to be a really fascinating battle against Port Adelaide,” Clarkson said.