Chiefs to fly in reinforcements

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:56
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The Chiefs may be looking for two front row replacements to complete their South African Super Rugby tour.

The Chiefs may be looking for two front row replacements to complete their South African Super Rugby tour.

Hooker Mahonri Schwalger is expected to return home with a continued issue with his eye and is expected to need another operation.

Prop Ben Afeaki was a late withdrawal from their dramatic 34-all draw against the Bulls in Pretoria at the weekend.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says Afeaki is still struggling with concussion.

He says he was cleared to play, but didn't feel great on Friday and they're not sure if he'll be available this week - when the Chiefs travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Cheetahs on Saturday.

The Chiefs coach, Rennie, added that he was proud of his charges' fightback against the Bulls.

"I am really proud of the boys, it was a helluva comeback with a lot of character shown," he said.

"We lost the kicking battle really, we kicked poorly and we didn't hang on to enough ball and our line-outs struggled in the first half.

"With 11 minutes to go and down by 16 points we are happy to take three points out of it."

Rennie said while his side were not as accurate as was expected of them they nevertheless held on to enforce the draw.

"There are a lot of teams that would have folded and got a bit of a spanking in the last 10 minutes," Rennie said.

"It is a group of guys that don't know when to give in ... it was good enough to grab three points."

The Chiefs will next travel to Bloemfontein where they will face the struggling Cheetahs, while the Bulls will leave for the Australasian tour on Tuesday.

Sources: NZ News & SAPA

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