Massive injury blow for the Chiefs

CAPE TOWN- New Zealand Super Rugby side the Chiefs have suffered a massive blow with the news that Mitchell Brown will be sidelined for nine months with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, while Fin Hoeata is out for six months with a shoulder injury.

Adding to their woes utility back Shaun Stevenson who had knee surgery will be out for at least a month.

Tabai Matson Chiefs assistant coach has said the team needs to stay calm and move on, he said,

“For each of those individuals they are traumatic experiences and kind of season-changing but for us as a team we’ve just got to keep on doing our best,”

Matson commenting on the game on Saturday against the Blue Bulls said the game was of two halves, some of their play such as their driving mauls did not to go to plan resulting in penalties and tries conceded. But they still won the game 41-28.

He said, “Full credit to the players, they responded really well at halftime, really clear and we came in and executed in the second half,”

He added that the game coming up this Saturday against the Sunwolves they are expecting the same style marked by coach Jamie Joseph,

“I think most coaches tend to go with the formula that has worked for them in the past so we’re definitely going to get a few things that we’ve seen before in our Conference. I don’t think there’ll be any surprises, the only surprise we’ll get is playing in Tokyo for some of these guys who haven’t played there before and coming up against a team that we think is going to be ferocious on Saturday.”

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