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Blues in Crisis

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 27 Apr 2009 at 20:56
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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.”


  • Not what the doctor ordered at all. 🙁 I was hoping for a Blues victory here.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.09 21:02:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Tom Chamberlain’s little sister is in my eldest daughter’s class at school.

    His folks teach with Kette. Maybe we can send them a message to ask him to REALLY play out of his skin. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.09 21:04:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Injury update from the Blues Website

    Chris Lowrey
    Grade 2 medial ligament damage. Scans will assess the severity of the problem on Monday but he is likely to be out of action for between four and six weeks.

    Justin Collins
    Collins suffered mild concussion and will be assessed during the week.

    Josh Blackie
    Blackie sustained a knock to his knee. His knee appears stable and could settle down in three to four days.

    Anthony Boric
    Boric will need an X-Ray to determine the outcome of a toe injury.

    Paul Williams
    Williams suffered a head knock and blurred vision and will be assessed during the week.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.09 21:11:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Nearly as bad as the Stormers injuries of late.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.09 21:38:31 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Tom Chamberlain will be starting this weekend.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.04.09 06:29:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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