We need to be tougher: Brassard


JCU Townsville Fire coach Claudia Brassard has conceded her team needs to be tougher in order to snap their current form slump.

Having posted two resounding victories over Perth and Adelaide to start the season, the two-time reigning champions have dropped their last three including a nail-biter against the Sydney Uni Flames a fortnight ago.

With a crack at redemption against the Flames available on Saturday night, Brassard is under no illusions to what is required to return to the winners’ list.

“We seem to go a lot harder at training than what we do in a game,” the first-year coach said.

“So that was the discussion (this week), bring that intensity, bring that effort.

“They got after each other pretty hard, they need to do that against other teams.”

With an emphasis on upping their physicality, Brassard said the Fire also needed to focus on the fundamentals after being slayed on the boards against Bendigo.

Having reviewed last week’s game, the former club captain said the video was damning.

“At this point, we’re the worst rebounding team in the league,” Brassard said.

“We shouldn’t be. I think that’s embarrassing.

“Embarrassing for the players and embarrassing for their pride and I’m hoping they come out a bit tougher.”

The Fire host the Flames at Townsville Stadium from 7pm on Saturday night before back-to-back road trips.

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