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Injuries leave Chiefs thin

James Wilson has become the latest addition to the casualty list of Chiefs backline players.

Wilson tore his hamstring in their victory over the Highlanders and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks.

The Chiefs already have Sosene Anesi (strained AC joint in his shoulder) out for up to five more weeks, while Sitiveni Sivivatu is doubtful for their next fixture after hurting his shoulder a fortnight ago.

“I’m not too sure how Siti’s injury has settled down while we’ve been away but he would be the significant one for us, particularly with James’s and Sos’s injuries. Obviously we’re hoping but we’ll get an assessment tomorrow,” Chiefs coach Ian Foster said.

“We’re gutted for James. How unlucky is that? His first start with us, down in Invercargill in front of his family, he gets an intercept, he’s looking at the tryline down the other end and bang goes his hamstring.”

Franks cleared of foul play

Crusaders front ranker Owen Franks has been cleared of a dangerous tackle on Matt Giteau.

Franks appeared to have caught the Force pivot high in their match in Christchurch on Saturday but after reviewing video evidence, Sanzar Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton adjudged Franks to have been moving at speed before executing the tackle and added that Giteau had fallen downwards and into the space which Franks had been running into.

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