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Michael Whiting,  February 17, 2018 10:40 AM

 - Brisbane Lions,AFLW

A short turnaround against one of the competition's unbeaten teams looks a daunting prospect on paper, but it just might be what Brisbane needs.

After winning their NAB AFL Women's Grand Final rematch against Adelaide in round one, Brisbane came crashing back to earth with a thud last Sunday, soundly beaten by the Western Bulldogs at home.

With the game played in sapping 36-degree heat, a six-day break before facing Carlton on Saturday night is far from ideal, but All Australian midfielder Emily Bates said the Lions had to move on quickly. 

"We have to make sure we've got our pressure for the four quarters," Bates said. 

"It (the loss to the Bulldogs) showed you can't drop off at this level, not for five minutes, not for any time. 

"Our pressure can't drop off because that's what we bring to the competition." 

And the Lions need to, against a Blues team that has taken care of Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney in the opening fortnight.

And although no player or member of the coaching staff will say so on record, the thought of facing former marquee player Tayla Harris is also exciting. 

Harris was the Lions' high-profile players in season one, the home-grown product used to market almost everything for the club, before she requested an off-season trade.

Bates was one of the rare shining lights in a lacklustre performance against the Bulldogs, finishing with 21 disposals.

The Queensland-born 22-year-old said they had learned plenty from the loss and would be breathing fire against Carlton. 

"We're a high-pressure team and we didn't show that," she said. 

"We won't be doing that again."