Brumbies ready for charge to the finals

The Brumbies season looks a lot better today than it did yesterday after they picked up a bonus point win against the Cheetahs.

The victory initially looked to have come at a price with a hamstring injury to goalkicking full-back Mark Gerrard.

Given Gerrard’s history of hamstring troubles, coach Laurie Fisher had been initially resigned to losing the Wallabies star for up to three weeks.

Doctors however determined that the injury was not as bad as first thought, saying a leg cramp had made it look worse, and that Gerrard could even be available for the Brumbies’ round-eight hosting of the Chiefs.

The Brumbies have the bye this week and coach Fisher is eyeing a charge to the finals with a full complement of players back on deck when his team’s campaign resumes.

If Gerrard does recover in time he could join skipper Stirling Mortlock (shoulder) and classy utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper (ankle), who are both due to make their long-awaited comebacks from injury.

Key forwards Guy Shepherdson (hamstring) and Al Campbell (knee) both made successful returns off the bench against the Cheetahs.

“We’re well and truly back in the finals hunt,” Fisher told AAP.

“We’re in the same position as last year, which is three out of six, and we’ve got a tough back-end to the year, as everybody does.

“You’ve got to play your Sharks and the like and you’ve got to beat the other sides.

“But at least we’re alive in the comp and we know that we’ve got plenty of improvement left in us.”

Fisher says he is pleased with the experience that his young Brumbies have gained ahead of the business end of the season.

“It’s certainly been a battle this first six weeks. We’ve toiled pretty hard with a lot of young guys,” he said.

“We’re another week more experienced, we’ve got some more things to look at and improve on and we welcome back some class players.

“It was good for Shepherdson and Campbell to get some game time under their belts this week so that will also stand them in good stead.”

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