Brumbies coach wants 14 more George Smiths


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Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher admits that he was lucky to have flanker George Smith in the team on Friday when the Brumbies lost to the Chiefs 42-28.

“Otherwise it could have been anything,” Fisher told AAP of the Brumbies’ second-biggest home defeat which was also their first loss to the Chiefs at Canberra Stadium in a decade.

“George Smith was clearly our best player. He was magnificent and we need another 14 of him next week.”

Smith was clearly a stand out player for the Brumbies and without him a bad night could have been a lot worse.

The Brumbies were expected to fair a lot better than they did in the match that saw the return of Captain Stirling Mortlock and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

With the Brumbies in ninth place on the league table it looks like they will need to win all of their remaining six games to make the playoffs for the first time during Fisher’s reign.

If they do reach the play offs it could keep Fisher in a job next season.

The problem for the Brumbies is that next week they face the Blues in Auckland and they still have to tour South Africa. They also have a home match against the unbeaten Sharks and an away match to the Force.

“We’ve got to maintain a good attitude. That’s what developing sides do, and keep on going,” Fisher said.

“We gave them (the Chiefs) a couple of ridiculously soft tries – one from a steal and poor transitional defence – and you’re chasing your arse from the outset,” Fisher lamented.

The Chiefs picked up a bonus point before halftime and the outcome of the match was clear five minutes into the second half as the New Zealanders had opened up a 35-7 lead.

One positive for the Brumbies was that they picked up a four try bonus point in the 81st minute as Josh Holmes scored his second try.

Mortlock who returned for his 100th Brumbies cap put in a good performance.

“It was a great first-up game for him, not having played since the World Cup quarter-final six months ago,” Fisher said.

“It was a tremendous return to rugby, great for Stirling and a confidence booster for the team.”

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