Fisher: Brumbies can go all the way in 2014

Outgoing Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher says that his players “know we’re good enough” to win the 2014 Super Rugby title.

The Brumbies will host a rematch of last year’s Super Rugby final against the Chiefs on Saturday only this time the Brumbies have home advantage.

Fisher is on his way out of the Brumbies having taken a job in England with Premiership rugby club Gloucester as their new coach and the Super Rugby qualifying final will be his last with the Canberra club.

Fifty-six-year-old Fisher says that he wants to return to coaching rugby in Australia when his three year stint in Gloucester is over.

The Director of Rugby says that he wants to continue coaching rugby for another decade but says that he would struggle to coach a rival Australian Super Rugby franchise.

“Wayne Bennett’s about to sign a new deal (in the NRL) and he’s in his 60s, Sir Graham Henry is at the Blues and he has to be getting up there,” Fisher grinned.

“There’s no reason why I haven’t got another seven, eight or nine years in the game.”

“It’s always sad to leave home, but the opportunity is right. Coaching against the Brumbies is not an aspiration of mine, but you don’t know what opportunities come knocking.”

When the Brumbies Super Rugby season ends as many as 17 players and staff will leave the Canberra franchise including Fisher, captain Ben Mowen and veteran Clyde Rathbone.

The winner of Saturday’s Super Rugby qualifier will play the Waratahs in Sydney next week if the Durban Sharks beat the Highlanders in South Africa and Fisher says the Brumbies are in a confident mood.

“I don’t think there’s any flying under the radar in finals games,” Fisher told The Canberra Times.

“We’ve got more experience this year … it’s a relief to be there but we know we’re good enough to go all the way in the competition.”

“To be alive in a home final, it’s tremendously satisfying at this stage.”

Fisher will leave the Brumbies almost immediately after the Brumbies match finishes but he hopes to delay his departure until the end of the tournament.

“I never thought I would be back at the Brumbies (after I left in 2008). The nature of coaching is that you love what you’re doing and where you are, but eventually your time is up,” Fisher said.

”I’ excited that we’re in the finals, I’m sad that I’m leaving but you’ve got to go and I’m going to a great opportunity. And I’m leaving with a sense of pride with what we’ve achieved and knowing the place is healthy.”

The Brumbies are the tournament favourites after they finished the second half of the season unbeaten and on top of the Super Rugby standings. If they make it through their Semi-final they will host the final.

Earlier this year ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said that he expected big things from the Waratahs but Fisher says that the way Pulver praised the Waratahs has given them more motvation.

“It certainly makes you hungry to be successful, it adds to your desire for your team to do the absolute best they can,” Fisher said.

“We might joke about (Pulver’s comments) every now and then, there’s a bit of banter between the coaching staff. It’s not a driver of performance though.”

Brumbies lock Scott Fardy added that they are taking things match by match and focusing only on the Chiefs at this stage.

“We haven’t looked past the Chiefs … There’s no siege mentality that comes into it, if you prepare as well as you can, you’ll come out and have a good performance. That’s what we try to do every week,” Fardy said.

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