Brisbane Breakers handler John McNaughton admits his side was “shocked” by Perth in round one of the AUL, but there will be no slow start in their match against Sydney this week.

Coming into the season as one of the main contenders to reach the grand final, Brisbane was stunned by Perth in the first set and could not recover as the Power took all the championship points.

“I think it is fair to say that we were a bit shocked,” McNaughton said.

“They ran away with it through pace and energy. We tried to throw our way out of trouble a little bit but we couldn’t match them with moving the disc around the field.”

The job doesn’t get any easier for Brisbane, coming up against the pre-season favourites Sydney who were clinical in overcoming Adelaide in round one.

“They’re clearly a strong unit,” McNaughton said.

“They were runners up last year and they are one of the favourites this year – they have a great roster.

“The speed in their women is pretty clear and I don’t think there will be too many surprises, they will be trying to put them in space.

“There is talking about that, though, then there is actually stopping it.”

With powerful disc throwers in the Sydney ranks as well, McNaughton said he expected the Suns to go long-range again this week.

“I am expecting a long game, I don’t expect them to dink the disc around with short passes,” he said.

“They will use their big throws and fast, strong receivers.”

While Sydney had a strong, three-set win over Adelaide in round one, Suns receiver Sarah Wentworth admitted they did take the foot off the pedal in the final set.

“With the three-set system, when you have already won two sets it can be quite difficult to be motivated and keep focused all the way to the end,” she said.

“That will be a big focus (against the Breakers), finishing things off the way we start.”

Wentworth is also aware of the danger the Breakers pose – especially after their shock loss in round one.

“There is nothing like a loss to get people fired up for the next game,” she said.

“Yewy is one of the coaches and he worked really closely with a lot of people in their team before.

“I think they have a quality side with lots of depth, across both genders.”

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