Tana likely to lead ‘Canes

Former All Black skipper Tana Umaga is favoured to captain the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein this weekend, after regular captain Rodney So’oialo was suspended for a week.

So’oialo and second rower Paul Tito were both slapped with one match suspensions for excessive rucking following the 29-16 Vodacom Super 14 victory over the Cats.

So’oialo’s absence is likely to be more acutely felt by the Wellington-based side, with the in-form Jason Eaton and Luke Andrews forming a competent second row.

With the Cheetahs’ line-out struggling in their previous two encounters, it is not an area the ‘Canes will lose unnecessary sleep over.