Perenara out; Jane in doubt for Hurricanes
Halfback TJ Perenara is out of the Hurricanes side to play the Crusaders on Saturday and Cory Jane is suddenly under a cloud after injuring his ankle in training the Hutt Recreation Ground today.
Shortly after the coaching staff made the call to rule Perenara out due to his own ankle injury, Jane's right leg was being caught under a teammate during a live training session.
The wing immediately headed to the sidelines to apply ice and left the ground in a moon boot, but said he was optimistic he would still be alright to play at the weekend.
Jane said he'd hurdled a fallen player in front of him, but then been hit from the side by his own first five eighth Beauden Barrett.
Coach Mark Hammett was playing down the seriousness of the injury but said he'd be seeking clarification from the medical team.
''I don't know. I haven't seen him,'' he said as Jane limped by in the back ground. ''I'll have to go and ask him. The moon boots certainly make things look a lot worse than what they are.
''I'm sure he'll be alright. He was smiling after he did it, so I don't think it'll be too major, but we'll see.''
Should Jane be ruled out it would likely see Alapati Leiua promoted from the reserves and he spent much of a lively session on the right wing. Charlie Ngatai would presumably come onto the bench.
Perenara's place in the starting side will go to Chris Eaton, the Hawke's Bay halfback making his first start since the win over the Lions in round two with Wainuiomata's Frae Wilson coming on to the bench.
''Yeah, we've ruled TJ out,'' Hammett said. ''If it was the last game of the year he probably could play and probably would, but there's still a long way to go in the season.''
Similarly, looseforward Jack Lam will not take his place in the reserves after being bracketed with Mark Reddish.
''I don't know if you saw, but he [Lam] took a knock [to the head] in the Sharks match. We think it's just smart to leave him out for a week and make sure he gets that right because he's a really important part of our squad in terms of how aggressive he is with his carry or his tackle... we just want to make sure he's right.''
Of the selection of Jeremy Thrush at lock ahead of James Broadhurst he said it had been a close call that came down to a slight edge in scrummaging form.
''Broady's been doing well, doing all we've asked of him. For me it was Thrushy's scrummaging ability has really improved and we know we will have a really big battle in that area against he Crusaders.''
Hurricanes: Andre Taylor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Tim Bateman, Beauden Barrett, Chris Eaton, Victor Vito, Faifili Levave, Karl Lowe, Jeremy Thrush, Jason Eaton, Jeffery Tooamga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben May. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Michael Bent, James Broadhurst, Mark Reddish, Frae Wilson, Tusi Pisi, Alapati Leiua.