Cruden blow for Chiefs

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:15
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Chiefs' flyhalf Aaron Cruden will miss six to eight weeks of Super Rugby after fracturing his thumb in a dramatic 43-all draw with the Cheetahs.

Chiefs' flyhalf Aaron Cruden will miss six to eight weeks of Super Rugby after fracturing his thumb in a dramatic 43-all draw with the Cheetahs.

The injury could potentially be a major dent to the Chiefs' hopes of securing three titles in a row.

The franchise said in a statement on Monday that the 25-year-old had an X-ray following the draw in Bloemfontein - the results of the scans confirming that his left thumb was fractured.

The estimated recovery period also puts Cruden in doubt for the opening match of New Zealand's three-Test series against England, which begins on June 7 in Auckland.

He is regarded as the heir apparent to Dan Carter, who is currently unavailable for the Crusaders and the All Blacks - as he enjoys a sabbatical designed to extend his playing career through to next year's World Cup.

If both Cruden and Carter are absent, Hurricanes' Beauden Barrett is regarded as the next most likely candidate to play pivot against England, although he has only 16 Test caps, 14 of them from the bench.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28