RICHARD FERGUSON updates keo.co.za followers of the latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.
Blues lose prop for season
Charlie Faumuina will not play for the Blues again this season after tearing a calf muscle. He is set to be out for the next fourteen weeks, which rules him out of the Super Rugby season.
Blues management has decided to replace the player instead of pushing his recovery and risking further injury, calling upon Sam Prattley.
There was good news for the Blues as two of their seasoned campaigners helped them to victory over the Highlanders on Friday. Piri Weepu had a massive game and was inspirational to the team as they held on to record their third win. The second half saw the return of Keven Mealamu, which aided the Blues in wrapping up the game.
Mealamu should be able to play a more influential part in their game against the Hurricanes this weekend, and Weepu will again have to fire at all cylinders should his team wish to compete with the ‘Canes.
Carter set for Force return
Dan Carter could be back in the Crusaders mix when they take on the Force this weekend, but it might not be in the ten jersey.
Coach Todd Blackadder hinted that Carter could return to play against the Force, but that he would ‘contemplate a shift’ should there be any injury concerns. Tyler Bleyendaal stood in for Carter on the South African tour, delivering two distinct performances. He was awarded the Man of the Match cheque in the Stormers clash, but will shoulder some of the blame for their loss against the Sharks, thanks to some poor goal kicking.
Unless there is an injury to Ryan Crotty we don’t know about, we should see Carter take his place back as the general of the Crusaders backline.