Mortlock in timely return

After taking two head knocks so far this year, the last one being a notorious high tackle from Reds centre Lloyd Johansson, Brumbies skipper Stirling Mortlock is ready to fight fit again.

Outside centre Mortlock, along with winger Clyde Rathbone, will return to the Brumby starting line-up this weekend when they face the Stormers in Canberra.

Coach Laurie Fisher maintains though, that, despite the absence of some of their stars in Saturday’s loss to the Bulls, the side they put out should still have won the game.

“Obviously, with the talent we had out, we weren’t going to execute as well as we normally would,” Fisher told The Australian.

“But if we hadn’t dropped 16 balls, given away three penalties on attack and lost five attacking lineouts, we still were going to win.

“Our error rate was 30 per cent higher than it has been in any other game this year.”

Before this last weekend, a home game for the Brumbies against the Stormers mustered thoughts of a crushing victory accompanied with a bonus point, but after going down to the Bulls at home, and watching the Stormers thrash the Hurricanes away from home, the Canberra side are going to have be at their best.

“It’s such a close competition now that playing at home has become, at best, only a slight advantage. It’s pretty minimal. We need to front up and especially at the front end of the game.

“Not that anyone throws in the towel these days but we really need to get away to a better start,” Fisher said.


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