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Capitals confident of bouncing back from horror road trip

After adding two straight losses to their winning start with a disappointing Queensland double-header, the Canberra Capitals need to ''arrest the slide'' before their first home game this weekend.

Last weekend's road trip started with delayed flights and an unplanned stopover in Brisbane, and finished with two losses in two days to Townsville and Logan.

''It was not a good start and it pretty much went from bad to worse as the weekend went on, unfortunately,'' team captain Jess Bibby said.

In both games, the Caps allowed their opponents to build leads that proved unassailable, ultimately going down by 12 points to Townsville on Friday and eight points to Logan on Saturday.

''We've had our eyes open to a few areas that we really need to address quickly,'' Bibby said. ''There were many, many areas that we can work on as a group … defensively for everybody that was a bit of a wake-up call for us.''

While the team was ''disappointed'' to come away with two losses from the road trip, Bibby said there were positives to be found. ''It's certainly not a disaster - it's not what we were after, but it's not panic stations and we've got some time to be able to sort through a few things.


''We've shown what we can do, but it's taken us to be in a hole - down 15 or 20 - before we start to show what we're capable of, so if we can do that from the start, then the wins will come.''

Logan got out to a 21-point lead halfway through the third quarter, the Caps fighting back to get within four points with a minute to play.

Against the Fire, the lead was 25 with four minutes to play. Bibby labelled the final result as ''flattering'', thanks to their 16-3 scoring run in the dying minutes to reduce the deficit to only 12.

''We've just got to not have those little lapses that allow other teams to go on runs.''

She said there is still no word on Lauren Jackson's return to the team or whether she will play the opening home fixture against Bulleen on Saturday.

''I'm pretty sure we'll see her about at training this week … Once we get all hands on deck, I think it's going to be pretty exciting.''

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