Jimmy rues red card

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Jimmy rues red card

Captain Jimmy Cowan says he regrets letting his Highlanders team-mates down by being sent off.

Cowan was red carded on the hour mark and although the Blues cruised to a 26-6 win, the Landers were clawing their way back at the time. Cowan was shown red by ref Stuart Dickinson for what was judged a late tackle without arms.

‘The thing that annoyed me most is I’ve let my team-mates down,’ said Cowan. ‘I was probably thankful they only scored five points, but that’s what hurts me most.’

Cowan didn’t comment on the decision, but felt Dickinson missed many Blues infringements at the breakdown.

‘I just felt they were taking our fringe players out around the ruck,’ said Cowan. ‘We just didn’t adapt to him.’

The Highlanders skipper said he didn’t feel as though he got a fair hearing from Dickinson throughout. “I was very frustrated,” he added.

Cowan will now face a Sanzar hearing on Monday.

McCaw wary of Sharks backlash

Richie McCaw says the Cheetahs shock victory over the Sharks was the worst possible result for the Crusaders.

McCaw, who returns this Saturday after a six-week injury lay-off, believes the Sharks will be keen to prove a point.

‘I don’t think the Cheetahs did us any favours in that regard,’ said McCaw. ‘If ever they were feeling a little flat they’ve been given a reminder.

‘I’ve never had an easy game here in Durban against the Sharks. I’ve always enjoyed it, but it’s never been easy to get a good result here. We realise its going be a handful, but we don’t really think too much about where they are in the competition.

“From our point of view having the bye has given us the chance to get over here a bit earlier, get acclimatised and get ready for it.’

Word from the Crusaders’ camp is that scrumhalf Andy Ellis will be fit to start in Durban.

Fresh doubts over Kahui

Chiefs centre Richard Kahui is a doubt for Saturday’s Super 14 clash against the Cheetahs in Kimberley.

Despite being named in the starting line up for Saturday’s game, coach Ian Foster confirmed that there is a possibility the All Blacks centre could miss out on the game.

Kahui missed two matches earlier in the season with a hip injury, and Foster said a similar problem had left a question mark over his fitness for the game in Kimberley.

‘He’s not moving as freely as we’d like yet, but last time it went from not moving freely to coming right very quickly,’ said Foster.

‘It’s not quite the same, but it’s a similar spot on the hip. I’d say there’s a reasonable chance that he won’t make it, but we’ll make that call tomorrow morning.’

Foster said if Kahui was ruled out, young midfielder Jackson Willison would move into centre and Sosene Anesi would take his place on the reserves bench.

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