Stuff.co.nz is reporting here that delays out of New Zealand and into Canberra have turned the Waikato Chiefs away trip for their game against the Brumbies tonight from an 11 to a 30 hour journey, tiring them out and denying them of a practice session in Canberra.
The jinxed trip started on Wednesday a 2.30pm flight from Auckland to Sydney was delayed until 4.30pm and then cancelled due to mechanical problems with the plane. The team instead was put up in a Parnell hotel for the night, flying out at 7.30 yesterday morning.
High winds and a problem with a runway then brought three delays to the flight from Sydney to Canberra and instead they were not expected to get to the Australian capital until late Thursday afternoon, taking three separate flights.
Despite this, our good record here in Canberra against the Chiefs and Stirling Mortlock’s return I’m still not counting any chickens.