Hurricanes sweat on key duo for Chiefs clash

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 15:32 30/06/2014
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FITNESS RACE: Hurricanes No 8 Victor Vito leaves the field with a calf injury against the Crusaders.

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Scan and X-ray results will determine whether key Hurricanes players Victor Vito and Alapati Leiua take any part in Friday's Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Just when those results come through remained unclear today as the Hurricanes assessed range of injuries in the wake of their 16-9 win over the Crusaders.

Hurricanes defence coach Clark Laidlaw indicated neither No 8 Vito (calf) or second five-eighth Leiua (ankle) were likely to be fit to play the Chiefs.

However, he said it was impossible to make a definite call sure until they'd received full medical reports most likely tomorrow morning.

''Obviously Alapati and Victor were the two most serious of the bumps and bruises we picked up and they're being assessed today,'' he said.

''They're having scans this morning, so we're waiting on those two injuries... Obviously, when you come off in the first seven minutes it is less likely you will recover for a game six days later, but we'll have to wait and see. 

''It's not even 48 hours since we played, so come tomorrow the medics will be able to have a real good look and see where they're at.''

Neither player looked in any state to prepare for what is effectively a Super Rugby knockout match.

Leiua was hobbling in a moon boot, while Vito was limping badly on his heavily bandaged calf.

There was better news on hooker Dane Coles, who struggled through much of the second half against the Crusaders with a sore calf of his own.

''The rest of the guys have pulled up pretty well... we're confident most of the guys will pull through and be ready for Friday,'' Laidlaw said. ''He [Coles] got a whack on the calf. He's had a bit of a history with calf injuries, but all signs are it was more of a knock than a tear.

''He's a lot more comfortable today. He's packed in a bit of exercise [this morning] and we're pretty confident he'll be right.''

Meanwhile, Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick didn't train this morning in Hamilton as he tries to shake a hip injury picked up during his side's loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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