The Blues management were breathing a sigh of relief with news that key playmaker Nick Evans appears to have suffered no more than mild concussion during their 17-27 defeat to the Western Force on Saturday.
Evans, who came off after just 30 minutes, was at home on Sunday, a spokesman for the Blues said.
Though Evans faces precautionary tests on Monday, it is hoped that he will be ready to face the Stormers, in what is now a must win for the Blues in order to stay in the top four.
Rugby 365 reports that a groggy Evans was taken to hospital after the match after he was struck in the jaw by his teammate, No 8 Nick Williams, as they both went to tackle the same Force player.
Evans’ departure was hard felt by the Blues who struggled to adapt to not having their form flyhalf on the field.
No.13 Isaia Toeava slotted into Evans’ role at flyhalf but failed to get the backline going, allowing the Force to score 20 unanswered points in the second half.
The Blues faced more disruption when wing Joe Rokocoko departed with an injured hand, leaving the Force facing a tiring Blues pack and a makeshift backline.
Rokocoko’s injury is not considered serious and he should be available for the Stormers clash.
Blues skipper Troy Flavell said the loss of Evans had been a turning point in the match.
“It was huge, he is the general in our team and he gives us a lot of direction … he was a huge loss and hopefully we have got him back for next week,” Flavell said after the game.
After looking invincible in their first three matches the Blues are suddenly looking slightly vulnerable and will be desperate to avoid three losses on the trot against the Stormers.Tweet