ESPN SCRUM

/ Super Rugby 2014

/ Reaction

Super Rugby
Fisher tipping good things for Brumbies
July 27, 2014
The Brumbies' Laurie Fisher announces the team to play the Bulls, Super Rugby, Southern Sun, Pretoria, May 22, 2014
Laurie Fisher will not enjoy a fairytale finish with the Brumbies © Getty Images
Enlarge

Departing coaching director Laurie Fisher is convinced the Brumbies are close to ending their decade-long Super Rugby title drought despite falling one win short of back-to-back grand final appearances.

Fisher lamented the Brumbies' inability to convert a wealth of possession, territory and pressure into victory in Saturday night's 26-8 semi-final loss to the New South Wales Waratahs at Allianz Stadium.

"We had our chances. We had plenty of presence down their end, but we just weren't able to do it," Fisher said in his final post-match analysis before joining Gloucester next week as their head coach in the English premiership.

Skipper and former Wallabies captain Ben Mowen is also moving on, along with several other players, but Fisher believes the Brumbies remain on track to complete a remarkable resurrection from the club's worst-ever campaign in 2011 with a first championship since 2004.

Waratahs 28-6 Brumbies (Australia only)

The revival began under South Africa's World Cup-winning mentor Jake White, who guided the Brumbies to the 2012 play-offs and grand final last year, and will continue under head coach Stephen Larkham next season.

"We've got a style of play that will continue to evolve," Fisher said. "You just roll up the sleeves and keep working. We'll look at tonight, look at the whole season, find some lessons. I know there's a quality group of players and a quality group of coaches and staff who are still here, so I'd expect the team and the organisation to prosper."

Mowen will head to Montpellier shattered not to have won the title.

"You can't have it all, even if you'd like to at times," he said. "It's a little bit tough to take at the moment, to be honest. I'm just really disappointed, I really feel like this side deserves some sort of finality, a championship, to this period and that's still there for them next year. I just really felt that the work that we'd done developing the game, the development each of the players had, that it would end there and I couldn't see it not ending there, to be honest. But we've said all along that deserving it and making those things happen are two different things and the Waratahs came out and made it happen."

Despite his dejection, Mowen also believes the two-time Super champions are on the cusp of another special era.

"As long as this side is together - and next year the majority of the group is much the same - as long as they get some sort of reward for the work they've done, I'd be very happy to see that," he said. "I almost want to ring Laurie and say: 'Mate, don't go over, we'll go to pre-season next week and get stuck back into it'. But that's our time done. I've loved every minute of it. Loved showing up to training, loved the tough days, loved the wins, the tough losses, the rollercoaster that it's been."

© AAP

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Scotland coaching box door shattered after defeat

    The frustrations of coaching were never more evident than after Scotland slumped to a last-minute defeat by Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday

  • Football

    Wenger relieved to shake off European hangover

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger welcomed a positive response to midweek European misery as his team beat Everton 2-0 at Emirates Stadium

  • Tennis

    Nadal claims first title in nearly nine months

    Rafael Nadal lifted his first title in nearly nine months Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4 6-1 at the Argentina Open

  • Football

    Mourinho: I need to feed myself with titles

    Jose Mourinho was overjoyed to satisfy his hunger for silverware with a first trophy of his second spell as Chelsea manager following a 2-0 Capital One Cup final defeat of Tottenham at Wembley

  • Rugby

    Connacht rout Treviso to boost European hopes

    Connacht gave their bid to finish in the top half of the Guinness PRO12 a big lift with a 53-5 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso

  • News
  • Features
  • Mishits

    Noel Gallagher hails 'the Brodge's' powers of recovery

    Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher marked his return to football punditry by coining a new name for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

  • Rewind to 2003

    Galacticos and Red Devils serve up classic

    We rewind to 2003 when Real Madrid brought a park attitude to their Champions League clash with Manchester United and played out a 4-3 thriller

  • Rewind To 1988

    The real Cool Runnings

    The tale of the Jamaica bobsled team who triumphed against the odds at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics is embedded in pop culture more than 25 years on, writes Nick Atkin

  • UFC

    Top 10 best UFC fighters of all time

    Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner

  • Week in Words

    Giroud gets emotional

    In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Olivier Giroud gets emotional, Dimitar Berbatov is a bit smug, Arsene Wenger is hurting and Rory McIlroy is "p***** off"

Sponsored Links
Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!