SUNS co-captain David Swallow says the team needs to harness the feeling of a tough QClash loss to fuel motivation ahead of a matchup against Geelong this weekend.

The SUNS were undone by a clinical Brisbane outfit at Metricon Stadium, but have a golden opportunity to restore its reputation with a road-trip to Geelong looming.

Speaking to SUNS Media post-match, Swallow said the players had to reset quickly ahead of Round 10.

“That was probably our worst performance for the year,” he said.

“It stings and it’s got to sting but it’s really got to motivate the boys to really get back on and get it done.

“Obviously the boys are pretty disappointed but I think we just need to really regroup and that starts with our attitude towards training this week and getting back on track.”

The SUNS have been competitive in just about every match this season and Swallow said the team was entering a defining patch of the year.

“As disappointed as we are we’ve just got to individually and collectively as a group make a choice to get our season back on track,” Swallow said.

“We’ve got to be disappointed but this next week could really define our season.

“We go to Geelong, we give it a crack and we get the win and get our season back on track.

“That’s got to be our message.”

The SUNS play Geelong at 2:10pm on Saturday at GMHBA Stadium.