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Brumbies finals push to be stymied by injuries?

By johnboy - 20 April 2009 16

Foxsports brings a tale of woe on the subject of Brumby injuries.

Basically we’re completely out of locks, which is why our lineout disintegrated against the Bulls, and we’re fast running out of backs, which will at least give Clyde Rathbone a chance to demonstrate his continuing place on the roster.

So here’s the injury rundown as far as I can tell:

    — Shawn Mackay – RIP (lock)
    — Ben Hand – Hamstring (lock)
    — Christian Leilifano – Hamstring (flyhalf)
    — Guy Shepherdson – Suspension and dodgy haircut (prop)
    — Sitaleki Timani – Knee (lock, and man-mountain)
    — Mark Chisholm – ongoing (lock)
    — Alfi Mafi – ongoing (wing)
    — Mark Gerrard – Possibly returning this week (Fullback)
    — Clyde Rathbone – Possibly returning this week (Wing)

Despite appearing to be knocked out on Friday night hooker Steven Moore has been declared likely to play this Saturday against the Hurricanes in Wellington (5.35pm kickoff – be sure to wear your drinking boots).

But to fill the gap there’s a chance an old favourite might make a return:

    Friend is investigating whether former Wallabies Radike Samo, Daniel Heenan or Adam Wallace-Harrison can be released from their Japanese clubs to pinch-hit off the bench if required in the Brumbies’ remaining matches against the Hurricanes, Reds, Blues and Chiefs.

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Brumbies finals push to be stymied by injuries?
knuckles 9:30 pm 20 Apr 09

“Shephardson, like most props have minimal impact on the game otuside scrummaging”

Props are the most talented footballers in the game. They can cover any position from full back to the front row. But only props can play prop.

monomania 6:34 pm 20 Apr 09

I think they should sign up William Webb Ellis. Presently he is playing for the Zimbabwee Zombies. Go the Zebras

justbands 3:34 pm 20 Apr 09

> Surely there’s some talent locally that could fill the void. I’d love to see old Radike back, but there has to be someone running around in the local comp that would be worth the risk…

Friendy mentioned one of the Royals flankers, but he’s injured himself at the moment.

papadoc 3:20 pm 20 Apr 09

Surely there’s some talent locally that could fill the void. I’d love to see old Radike back, but there has to be someone running around in the local comp that would be worth the risk…

chewy14 2:34 pm 20 Apr 09

Skidd Marx said :

Shephardson, like most props have minimal impact on the game otuside scrummaging. Id be suprised if he’s touched the ball in the last 3 seasons. In my opinion they’re the least valuable members of the team, so when I hear of one being injured I couldn’t really care less. That’s why Ben Alexander’s ball-tearing running has been such a revelation this season. It’s like having an extra bloke on the paddock. If he doesn’t get a run-on Wallabies start then I’ll cut my scrotum off with a blunt spoon much like that Welsh bloke did when they did the Grand Slam. B.A is da MAN!

That’s like saying the backs have little impact on the game other than scoring tries. I would love to see the Brumbies try to play without an experienced prop. They would get smashed.

Steve_Pedestrian 2:28 pm 20 Apr 09

That injury/support staff/bench team could probably give most teams a run for their money……

In Golden Oldies

justbands 2:18 pm 20 Apr 09

As long as we are dreaming…where’s Roff at the moment? He could play too!

& of course Owen “Melon” Finnigan is still around, I reckon he could pull on the boots for a run.

vg 2:06 pm 20 Apr 09

Noriega was right behind him on the bench the other night. Who’s to say, despite his age, he couldn’t pull the boots on and teach a few young ‘uns a lesson

Steve_Pedestrian 1:33 pm 20 Apr 09

I couldn’t help but also notice the one and only S. Larkham on the reserves bench on Friday night.
Surely we can throw in a few dollars/yen to give him a ‘pay per play’ contract whilst in the Japanese off-season.

Ian 10:54 am 20 Apr 09

Of those injuries that are able to be recovered from, Shepherdson’s haircut is by far the worst. Its a shocker!

Skidd Marx 10:29 am 20 Apr 09

Shephardson, like most props have minimal impact on the game otuside scrummaging. Id be suprised if he’s touched the ball in the last 3 seasons. In my opinion they’re the least valuable members of the team, so when I hear of one being injured I couldn’t really care less. That’s why Ben Alexander’s ball-tearing running has been such a revelation this season. It’s like having an extra bloke on the paddock. If he doesn’t get a run-on Wallabies start then I’ll cut my scrotum off with a blunt spoon much like that Welsh bloke did when they did the Grand Slam. B.A is da MAN!

Nambucco Deliria 10:14 am 20 Apr 09

Getting the excuses in early, eh boys?

As you said in another thread, Johnboy,with the draw they have been given, the Brumbies are in a good position to make the finals. You can discount Shepherdson as an ‘injury’ as he only has himself to blame; Lealifano has been slated all season so maybe it’s time to see how good Tomua is. Kimlin could play lock, and rather than bring back some old hacks from Japan Friend should be able to find one or two other second rowers from Canberra’s rugby ranks. There is more than enough depth in the back division whether Rathbone and Gerrard come back next week – so instead of saying it could be all over already you should be looking forward to an exhilarating, against-all-odds march to semi-final defeat against the Bulls.

johnboy 10:06 am 20 Apr 09

Yes indeed, thanks for that, added them in.

knuckles 9:46 am 20 Apr 09

You forgot to put Mark Chisholm and Alfi Mafi on your injured list

johnboy 9:37 am 20 Apr 09

Moving at 280 metres per second I’d like to see David Crinity recruited quick smart.

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