Blues' resources stretched thin

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:16
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The Blues' second row resources have taken another hit, with veteran Tom Donnelly ruled out of the Super Rugby match against the Brumbies.

The Blues' second row resources have taken another hit, with veteran Tom Donnelly ruled out of the Super Rugby Round Seven match against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.

Donnelly was on the bench for the Blues' 30-12 win over the Highlanders at the weekend, but did not get on after straining his calf during the pre-match warm-up.

With Culum Retallick ruled out for the season with an ACL rupture and Patrick Tuipulotu currently sidelined with a knee injury, it leaves the Blues light on locks.

Tom Murday has returned from a knee injury.

However, he is likely to only play a club game in Northland this week, with Steven Luatua the most obvious option to provide cover at lock if required.

The latest setback comes after it was revealed late last week that scans have shown Blues and All Black scrumhalf Piri Weepu has a small hole in his heart - which could have led to the minor stroke he suffered early this month.

Weepu, 30, is expected to make a full recovery, but has been ruled out of Super Rugby for at least a month.

All Black midfielder Francis Saili will provide a real boost as he makes his return from a stress injury this week, while his brother Peter's mid-foot sprain will be examined this week and it is hopeful he will also be available.

Hooker Keven Mealamu, who suffered a calf strain while in South Africa, is progressing slowly and he will start doing some field-based running this week.

He is hopeful of returning for the Blues' Round 10 clash with the Hurricanes.

Scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park (stress injury) is also targeting the Hurricanes game to make his return, with Northland's Sonatane Takulua continuing to train with the team this week.

Baden Kerr had surgery last week on his third and fourth finger fractures and will be sidelined for a significant period of time.

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Blues 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
Fri, 05 May 2017
Hurricanes v Stormers 07h35 Westpac Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 57 | 14
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 9 6 0 3 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10