Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kaino's injury a "real blow"

Rugby previews:

Pat Lam has described the shoulder injury which has ruled Blues loose forward Jerome Kaino out of the rest of the 2012 Super Rugby season as a "real blow" (bet on rugby league live online: Blues 15/4 Top New Zealand Team bet365).

The World Cup winner sustained the blow on match-day against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in New Zealand and tried to play on in the hope it would settle down.

Tests have revealed a piece of bone had been knocked off the shoulder joint and the All Blacks star has been pencilled in for surgery on Wednesday this week, ruling him out of competitive rugby for six months.

"I'm gutted. I really didn't think this was going to take me out of the whole Blues season. It certainly helped seeing the guys have a good win at Loftus in the weekend," said Kaino.

Pat Lam, whose side ended a nine-year wait for a victory at Loftus Versfeld when they beat the Bulls 23-29 on Saturday, said he had sympathy for Kaino.

He added: "Jerome is a great player and brings a lot to the Blues on and off the field.

"This is a real blow for him and I know, like us, he is really disappointed that he won't be playing this season with the team. All of us wish him well for the surgery on Wednesday."

Elsewhere, winger Rene Ranger has been suspended for two weeks for his late tackle on Bjorn Basson during the Blues victory over the Bulls.

Blues complete their two-game South African road trip when they take on Stormers at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town (Blues 9/1 - Regular Season Winner bet365).

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