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.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
Tue, 04 October 2016
Edinburgh v Ulster 19h35 BT Murrayfield
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9