Monday, May 22, 2006
Crusaders pick up injuries ahead of final
The Crusaders may have won their Semi final match which will give them home advantage but it looks like they will be without halfback Andrew Ellis who suffered a medial ligament injury to his right knee in the 35-15 victory over the Bulls.
Ellis had been tipped by many to make it into Graham Henry's All Blacks squad.
Crusaders doctor Deb Robinson said Ellis was in significant doubt for Saturday's Super 14 final but a further update would be available at the end of tomorrow.
Corey Flynn suffered a cut above the eye and a knock to the right knee and may be rested early in the week. Kevin Senio also has a cut to the cheek but is recovering well. Robinson said both Flynn and Senio would be available for the final.
Robinson added that there were no other significant injury concerns within the squad.
The Hurricanes however should be at full-strength for their first ever appearance in a Super rugby final.
The Hurricanes have reported just two injuries out of their hard-fought 16-14 semifinal victory over the NSW Waratahs in Wellington on Friday night, with neither thought to be serious at this stage.