Mortlock: I need to do more

    2011-02-23 08:01
    Melbourne - Former Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock says he needs to rediscover his ''top-end explosiveness'' to return to his best form.

    But after his injury-riddled farewell to Canberra last year, Mortlock is itching to line up against the Brumbies for the first time on Friday.

    Mortlock will attempt to lead a Melbourne Rebels revival in their round two Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies at AAMI Park. The veteran centre says it will be a ''weird and unique'' experience playing against the club that launched his career 13 years ago.

    Since he has left, Adam Ashley-Cooper has stepped into the Brumbies' No.13 jumper.

    Now Mortlock wants to prove he is no longer troubled by the back injury which prematurely ended his time in Canberra.

    ''I was really disappointed that I didn't get an opportunity to play some quality football before I left [the Brumbies],'' Mortlock said. ''I tried as hard as I could and in the end it forced my hand and I had to get an operation [on my back].

    ''It's not a regret, I don't look at it is the wrong move. I'm happy with the work I have done now, but I still feel like I need to do more. What I need to work hard on is my top-end explosiveness and the ability to repeat that. When you have an injury as debilitating as mine was, you lose those functions you consider normal … but I have got full confidence in it now.''

    The Waratahs thrashed the competition newcomers 43-0 but the Brumbies are preparing to face stiffer opponents at AAMI Park, with Mortlock keen to get the Rebels' first victory against his former club.

    With Mortlock missing the Wallabies' Test season last year, Ashley-Cooper made the No.13 jersey his own. Wallabies great Larkham, who is is the Brumbies' attack coach, played with both Mortlock and Ashley-Cooper and is expecting a blockbuster battle between the pair.

    ''There were no instances [last weekend] where 'Coopy' got the ball in his hands and he had space to move, he had to work for everything [against the Chiefs],'' Larkham said. ''We want someone like Coopy to get his hands on the ball as much as possible because he's such a threatening attacker.

    ''… [Mortlock] was off the pace of the game a little bit, but he will certainly improve. Mentally he's one of the better players in Australian rugby at the moment. ''Coopy has more speed and is a bit more dynamic than 'Stirlo' at the moment, but they're similarly matched across the park.''
    Read More On:  super 15 stirling mortlock

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    13 February 2015
    • Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels, Christchurch 08:35
    • Brumbies v Reds, Canberra 10:40
    • Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg 19:10
    14 February 2015
    • Blues v Chiefs, Albany 08:35
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 17:05
    • Bulls v Stormers, Pretoria 19:10
    15 February 2015
    • Waratahs v Western Force, Sydney 07:05


    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.