Situations Vacant: Blues looseforwards, multiple opportunities, applicants please attend training today, must be available to travel and play Friday night against the Hurricanes.
Wynne Gray writes for NZ Herald that compounding the bad news after Saturday’s shabby defeat to the Reds, the Blues have lost their entire looseforward trio to injury.
Promising No 8 Chris Lowrey damaged knee ligaments and is out for the season while Josh Blackie twisted his knee and Justin Collins was concussed, meaning both will miss the next match. Backup flanker Onosai Auva’a is on crutches and Jerome Kaino is battling a knee problem.
That casualty list increased yesterday with lock Anthony Boric ruled out with a broken toe and five-eighths Tasesa Lavea moving gingerly after aggravating his hamstring strain.
“All year we have had a few problems but to lose four or five players in one game, that is a big hit,” coach Pat Lam lamented. Young Utility looseforward Peter Saili, who was used from the bench in the team’s 24-31 loss to the Reds, will move into the selection frame with Tom Chamberlain and Dean Budd who have been with the wider training group.
Lam expects Kaino to be cleared for action even though he has not trained much in the past fortnight, while he might be tempted to use Kurtis Haiu again on the blindside.
“It will certainly be backs-against-the-wall stuff but we have got to front,” Lam said about the match against the Hurricanes.
“Our destiny will be in our own hands, we have got to get our attitude right and though the Hurricanes have been in hot form, the beauty is we get a chance to go down there in front of a good crowd and have a crack.
“We probably need to win our last three games [Hurricanes, Brumbies, Crusaders] to make the playoffs now but we have that chance.”Tweet