Chiefs reeling as injuries take their toll

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 11 May 2008 at 08:25
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It looks as though the Chiefs may struggle to find a full 22 of fit players to take on the Sharks in Durban next week.

Already weakened through injuries to key backs Brendon Leonard and Richard Kahui, the Hamilton side were dealt another cruel blow when inspirational hooker Tom Willis was ruled out on the eve of yesterday’s match with a rib injury. Reserve hooker Aled de Malmanche, himself only able to play 80 minutes at a real stretch due to suffering from asthma, had to front up for the whole game as there wasn’t another hooker in the squad. Prop Simms Davidson, himself not fit for the game, was forced to sit on the bench just to make up the numbers.

It’s not known at this stage whether Willis will be fit to face the Sharks, but loosehead prop Ben May will definitely be out. He was red-carded yesterday after stamping on Lions flanker Joe van Niekerk and will no doubt cop a lengthy ban for his indiscretions.

Three more key men limped off during the course of the game. Wrecking-ball number 8 Sione Lauaki came off with a hamstring injury and is considered highly doubtful for the showdown in Durban. Flyhalf Stephen Donald took a blow to the neck and went for x-rays last night to determine the seriousness of the injury. Next to him in the waiting room was wing Sitiveni Sivivatu, victim of an ankle strain.

Skipper Mils Muliaina was also doubtful heading into the Lions game, but seems to be over his hamstring strain. Chiefs coach Ian Foster has confirmed that replacements will in all likelihood be flown over, but concedes that the Chiefs squad has been shown up in terms of depth this season.

The Sharks need a bonus point victory over the Chiefs to maximise their chances of advancing to the semi-finals.


  • J Fourie fitted straight back in seamlessly… the most complete 13 in RSA…

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.05.08 09:28:05 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Good to know. Nobody else has put their hand up consistently this season.

    What did you think of Jacobs?

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.05.08 09:32:47 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I’ve never thought of ADI as a 13… but it was still a nothing performance really… again we played with a bunched up 15 man backline… not impressive at all… no space to move, not hitting the passes on the angle or with speed…

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.05.08 10:19:21 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Morning!!!
    Just getting over the Hangover…Mothers Day breakfast from my son…very nice suprise 🙂

    bryce… I agree, was first thing I said when I saw him, he IS THE Bok 13 and it will be hard to oust him from that position….just hope he can stay injury free.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.05.08 10:20:11 by Me2 Reply

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  • 😳 Let me clarify the first sentence of my post: the Hangover was from last night…NOT my son’s breakfast surprise 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.05.08 10:22:17 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • The Chiefs didn’t even stay for the media session last night, they must be a bit upset… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.05.08 10:22:48 by walter van Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • Hi Walter…I think they were shocked to the core!! Last thing they expected was to be beaten by the Lions & so covincingly 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.05.08 10:26:40 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • 3 week ban confirmed.

    May suspended for 3 weeks

    CHIEFS prop Ben May’s Super 14 season is over after he was suspended for three weeks for careless use of his feet against the Lions.

    A SANZAR judicial committee has ruled that May had been careless with his foot after it made contact with the head of Lions flanker Joe van Niekerk.

    May is ruled out of this weekend’s final-round match against the Sharks in Durban and will be unavailable if the Chiefs advance to the semi-finals and beyond.

    The committee took into account that there was no malice, no intent to cause harm and the prop’s unblemished record at first class rugby. He has never previously received a yellow card.

    May was sent off for the offence and the ensuing try disallowed during their 27-33 loss at Johannesburg.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.08 07:04:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I can’t believe there is nothing in the News about Francois Louw’s knee to the Waratahs players face on the ground anywhere. 👿 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.08 07:06:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Lol… shhhhh… I was just thinking the same thing… a wee stomp, rabbit punch then knie…

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.08 07:27:23 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.08 07:32:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • citing commissioner must have been a Saffa in CT. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.08 07:32:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • #5 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.08 07:37:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • By EVAN PEGDEN – Waikato Times

    Chiefs coach Ian Foster today described the last 24 hours for him and his team in South Africa as a nightmare.

    Not only have they struggled to come to terms with the prospect of another season out of the Super 14 rugby playoffs after their second successive defeat to lowly-placed teams on tour but also have had to defend banished prop Ben May in a judicial hearing today and sort through a myriad injury problems.

    “We’ve had a nightmare in the last 24 hours trying to figure it all out,” Foster said.

    Three players have been ruled out of the final match against the Sharks in Durban this Sunday morning (NZ time) due to injury, another three are in doubt and four players are already flying to South Africa to join the squad with the prospect of more heading over on the next available flight on Wednesday.

    Coming home early are props Simms Davison (back) and Simon Lemalu (knee) plus centre Richard Kahui, whose ankle has failed to respond quickly enough to treatment.

    They are being replaced by Nathan White, who played his first game of rugby for his Te Awamutu Sports club on Saturday after returning from back surgery, wider training group hooker John Pareanga and squad member Murray Williams respectively. Also on his way over is halfback Brendon Leonard, who is now fit again and replaces David Bason.

    “We’re still assessing over the next 48 hours Sione Lauaki with his hamstring, Sitiveni Sivivatu with his ankle and Steve Donald with his neck, which is extremely sore and in a brace.

    “So that could require further replacements but we will probably make that decision in 48 hours,” Foster said.

    X-rays found no fractures in Sivivatu or Donald but their injuries are both causing a lot of swelling and pain.

    “It’s a pretty unique situation where we could have up to six or seven players after that game who could be down and out.”

    Because of the injury toll and the judicial hearing for May, who was sent off by referee Stu Dickinson for stomping on an opponent’s head following a touch judge’s report, Foster said they had had little time to analyse their 33-27 loss to the bottom-placed Lions in Johannesburg yesterday.

    “We gifted them a couple of tries in the first half but it was a bad game to get hit firstly with a red card, particularly when we were scoring a try in the corner. We could have gone to 27-20 and momentum was swinging so that was a pretty significant issue.

    “And I think losing Siti and Sione on top of Richard (Kahui), Brendon (Leonard) and Tom (Willis) probably didn’t help us at all. It probably exposed us with our decision making and we weren’t good enough in that area.”

    While a number of forwards had carried a heavy load, particularly locks Toby Lynn and Kevin O’Neill, the problem had not necessarily been in the forwards. “We played a very physical Lions team, we didn’t really get what we wanted around the field and I don’t think you can put all that down to the forwards. We probably still tried to rush our game.”

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.08 09:17:00 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I think we might just try and take them on in the forwards… what you guys think? 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.08 09:17:22 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • If Donald, Siti and Sione are out… we’ll have no excuses not to get 5 points…

    I still have visions of Botes and co bouncing of Luaki’s bullocking runs….

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.08 09:37:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • How good was Jean Deysel this weekend, though? That boy has a big future…

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.08 09:40:57 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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