Bad boy Braid cited

The Blues are set to lose yet another player with news that Luke Braid has been cited for foul play in Friday’s match against the Stormers.

The Blues flank was cited after striking Stormers player Nizaam Carr with his elbow and forearm at the back of the neck in the 62nd minute of the match. The citing commissioner said the incident met the red card threshold for foul play, suggesting Braid will pick up a ban.

The Blues are already without Jerome Kaino (shoulder), Anthony Boric (neck), Isaia Toeava (hip), Rudi Wulf (shoulder), George Moala (shoulder) and David Raikuna (hamstring). Rene Ranger is serving a suspension while Tony Woodcock and Michael Hobbs were both unavailable for the Stormers game but should return for the next fixture against the Hurricanes.