Jarry says concussion won't curb WNBL aggression

Capitals marquee recruit Rachel Jarry says her sixth concussion won't deter her from being aggressive on Thursday night as Canberra fights to resurrect its WNBL season.

Jarry will make her return when the Capitals play the Sydney Flames in Sydney for the first of two matches in less than 72 hours against the defending champions.

The tenacious guard is set for a showdown with veteran Belinda Snell and the 25-year-old is itching to get back on the court after missing two crucial games last weekend.

Jarry was concussed at training last week and AIS medical staff ruled her out for at least seven games.

Her absence left a massive hole in the Capitals' line up as they slumped to their fifth consecutive defeat last weekend.

Jarry has a history of concussions but admitted she was frustrated at being unable to help her teammates.

"It was a little bit heartbreaking because I missed two games I thought we could have got," Jarry said.

"I didn't feel too bad ... I've had a lot of concussions in the past and they've been quite serious, so I think that's why they were cautious with me.

"It was easily the lowest level of concussion I've had, but this is the only brain I've got. Now I know it was the right thing to have seven days off, but last week I just wanted to play."

The Capitals have vowed to muscle up to get their finals hopes back on track after struggling to fire since the opening weekend of the season.

The condensed WNBL campaign has made it tougher for the Capitals to shake their form slump as the players juggle an increased workload in a shorter period of time.

The players will drive to Sydney on Thursday morning and return after their match on Thursday night before playing Sydney again in Canberra on Saturday afternoon.

Capitals coach Paul Goriss said his side had to find its rhythm quickly if they want to end a six-year finals drought.

"Every game is a must win. We've put ourselves in a situation now where we need to win the majority of games coming up," Goriss said.

"We've spoken about it as a group ... we've made some targets for November. Going back over the tape, we need to be aggressive and assertive defensively.

"We haven't got to the foul line enough and probably haven't used our fouls wisely. So we've done a lot of work on our defensive pressure.

"We're at a point in the season that we need to start winning some games and winning them in a row."


Thursday: Sydney Flames v Capitals at Brydens Stadium, 7pm

Saturday: Capitals v Sydney Flames at National Convention Centre, 3pm

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