Newby nailed, Smith crocked

Highlanders flank Craig Newby will miss a match in the Vodacom Super 14 and Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith seems out of the tournament.

Smith broke his leg in the 29-5 win against the Force and will probably only be available in six month’s time to play NPC rugby, while Newby was banned for a game after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle in the Highlanders victory against the Blues.

Newby accepted his action in not protecting the fall of the tackled player had been dangerous, but argued there was no malice in his action. This was accepted, but he still copped a one week suspension on the sidelines.