Cane boost for Chiefs

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:00

NEWS: The Chiefs received a huge boost when captain Sam Cane was cleared to play their Super Rugby semifinal against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Also cleared to feature in the Wellington showdown was with All Black centre Seta Tamanivalu.

Cane was concussed and needed stitches after a clash of heads when the Chiefs thrashed the Stormers 60-21 in the quarterfinal this past weekend, and missed the second half in Cape Town.

But coach Dave Rennie said Cane had passed concussion protocols and was set to face the Hurricanes.

"He's bounced back really well," Rennie told reporters.

"We thought it was pretty minor and he was grumpy that we took him off but it was the right call and we're confident he will be ready to go."

Rennie confirmed Tamanivalu, who missed the win over the Stormers with a knee injury, would also return for the 2012 and 2013 champions against the Hurricanes.

"Seta will be pretty important," said Rennie.

"He's a big man who carries hard and he draws a lot of attention, so it's nice to have that option."

The Chiefs are also hopeful back row forward Michael Leitch will take the field after two months out with a broken thumb.

The Hurricanes are sweating on the fitness of their own captain, after Dane Coles was taken from the field with what appeared to be serious rib damage - when his side demolished the Sharks 41-0 this past Saturday.

Fairfax New Zealand reported Coles had damaged his rib cartilage, but was desperate to play and contemplating wearing a rib protector for the semifinal.

The hooker led the Hurricanes to the Final last year, only to lose to the Highlanders.


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