Brumbies lose another wing

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Brumbies lose another wing

Alfie Mafi has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a fractured leg.

Mafi picked up the injury in the Brumbies’ 19-12 loss to the Waratahs last Saturday after a tackle from scrumhalf Josh Holmes. This is the second wing the Brumbies have lost after Francis Fainfo has also been sidelined with a season-long injury.

Mafi said his opposite number Lachie Turner took advantage of his injury to score the decisive try.

‘Turner must have known I was limping and was in pain and must have called a cross-field kick. As I turned to run and chase, I just couldn’t run. [It was] pretty much over from there, and I watched him run in and score a try,’ Mafi told smh.com.au.

Veteran Stirling Mortlock, who has missed the last three weeks because of a back injury, is expected to replace Mafi in the squad.

Tahs sweat on Horne

The extent of Rob Horne’s glute injury will be determined after a fitness test on Monday.

Horne was a late-minute exclusion from the Tahs’ team who beat the Brumbies last weekend in Sydney. With three rounds left before the play-offs, head coach Chris Hickey is hoping to have the centre back in time.

‘If we played him [against the Brumbies] and he reinjured it, that could have been his season finished,’ Hickey told smh.com.au. ‘We will run him [in the fitness test on Monday]. How he goes in that will determine at what stage he is at. I guess with his history we are a bit cautious.’

It will be a big blow if Horne is ruled out as Sekope Kepu and Adam Freier will miss the rest of the campaign after suffering injuries last weekend.

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