Gerrard warns Brumbies backs

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Gerrard warns Brumbies backs

Mark Gerrard believes the Brumbies’ backline is “simply not good enough” at the moment and must improve if they are to compete this year.

Despite boasting stars including Wallabies skipper Stirling Mortlock, Adam-Ashley Cooper, Clyde Rathbone and Gerrard himself, the backs have emerged as the area of concern for the Brumbies.

They failed to fire in the team’s 25-16 loss to the Western Force last weekend and Gerrard said their problems had to be fixed.

“We’ve got more than a fair bit of work to do and we’re just not gelling as a back line,” said Gerrard. “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 also claimed the Brumbies may have been relying too much on under-fire flyhalf Christian Lealiifano.

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

Gerrard limped off the field against the Force with 12 minutes remaining after injuring his quad, but the 26-year-old said his early exit was just a precaution and he would be fit for the next match against the Waratahs.

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