LOSING START: Aaron Younger of Australia (left) tries to stave off Hungary's Gergo Zalanki in the Sharks' 13-3 loss at the world titles in Budapest.
LOSING START: Aaron Younger of Australia (left) tries to stave off Hungary's Gergo Zalanki in the Sharks' 13-3 loss at the world titles in Budapest. Szilard Koszticsak

Sharks easily beaten by hosts in physical world title opener

THREE-time champion and world No.2 Hungary has thrashed Australia 13-3 in their opening men's water polo clash at the world championships in Budapest.

The host team turned it on for home fans against the young Aussie Sharks.

The Sharks silenced the home crowd when Lachlan Edwards scored the opening goal off a pass from captain Aaron Younger.

Strong work by Anthony Hrysanthos in goals kept Hungary scoreless until the final two minutes of the first quarter.

Hungary scored four times in the second quarter, with Younger netting his second for the Aussies to trail 5-2 at halftime.

Joe Kayes scored for Australia in the third quarter, but Hungary added another two for a 7-3 lead going into the final stanza.

In the final quarter, the hosts kept the Sharks scoreless while securing six goals to win 13-3.

Australia coach Elvis Fatovic said he expected a very physical game.

"We knew this was going to be a tough game because Hungary is one of the top four nations in this competition and especially playing at home," Fatovic said.

"We stuck to our plan to try to slow down their rhythm because we knew if we offered them too many counter attacks that would be too deadly for us."

Edwards said the Hungarians really made the most of the home ground advantage.

"It was an amazing experience playing in front of this home crowd and they really got behind Hungary, which made the game so much better," Edwards said.

"I think we learned that we have to take care of the ball, because they capitalised from our mistakes towards the end of the game.

"Hungary are extremely dangerous and I think they put a lot more pressure on us. They obviously turned up the intensity and we didn't adjust to it and the scoreboard showed that."

Australia's next game is Thursday (AEST) against France, which lost 18-9 to Italy in the first round.

News Corp Australia

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