Despite a loss in JLT2, SUNS vice-captain Touk Miller says there were plenty of positive signs to come out of the clash in Lismore.
The SUNS were competitive for most of the match, going in on equal-footing to the quarter-time break before Sydney kicked away in the second quarter.
Both sides also recorded a similar numbers of scoring shots, with Sydney kicking far more accurately in front of the sticks.
“Sydney is a quality side, they always have been and they brought the heat today,” Miller told SUNS Media post-match.
“I think it was a really good battle, we put together some good football in areas but obviously not for the full four quarters.
“We still got some things out of the game which was good.”
Despite an advantage in the ruck with Jarrod Witts and Peter Wright monstering Aliir Aliir in the hitouts, the SUNS weren’t able to get first hands on the ball and lost the clearance count to Sydney’s star-studded on-ball brigade.
“They’re really big bodies and they like it inside,” Miller said.
“Funnily enough they actually got us on the outside a fair bit as well so we’ve got a bit to work on.
“But that’s why we play JLT so you can blow out a few cobwebs and make sure you get your game plan real tight.”
Miller said the side needed to work on the defensive aspects of their game after the Swans were able to put 19 goals on the board.
“They scored about 118 points which is a lot and we can’t afford to cough up that many points every time we play a team,” he said.
“We’ll go back to the drawing board and we’ll look at what we did well, look at what we did poorly and we’ll improve ready for round one.”