Gerrard says Brumbies back line needs to step up

Brumbies fullback Mark Gerrard says that the Brumbies’ back line is ”simply not good enough” and added that they need to take pressure off their under-fire flyhalf Christian Lealiifano.

The Brumbies have the bye this weekend so they will use the time to fine tune their combinations for the round five clash against the Waratahs which is on March the 13th.

The Brumbies have a star studded back line which includes Wallabies such as Stirling Mortlock, Adam-Ashley Cooper, Clyde Rathbone and fullback Gerrard and yet it appears that it is the backs that needs the most work.

The backs failed to fire in the team’s 25-16 loss to the Force on the weekend and Gerrard says that they have to fix their problems.

”We’ve got more than a fair bit of work to do and we’re just not gelling as a back line,” Gerrard to the Canberra Times.

”You can have all the class players in the world in your back line but if they’re not working together you’re not going to get the results.

”There’s no doubt we’re not working as well as we should be and we need to find out what is going wrong. It shouldn’t be happening at all.”

Gerrard said the Brumbies may have been relying too much on Lealiifano.

”I think he’s doing a good job and the other backs should probably be helping out more.”

Brumbies coach Andy Friend says that Lealiifano would have to improve his game but said that a decision on his position in the team had not been made.

”He’s a young boy who had a big week last week up against the fella [Matt Giteau] who’s coming here next year so there were probably a few nerves there,” Friend said.

”He probably wasn’t overly happy with his performance …calling for his head is potentially a bit harsh, but we’ll wait and see what happens.”

Gerrard was an injury concern for the Brumbies as he left the field with 12 minutes remaining after injuring his quad but said that his departure was a precaution and that he would be fit for the match against the Waratahs.

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