Blues lose Muliaina for six weeks
March 13, 2001

Blues match winner Mils Muliaina could miss the remainder of the Super 12 after breaking his hand in the Reds' 39-35 victory against the Reds in Albany on Sunday.

Winger Muliaina scored the late try in the final minute that secured the exciting victory for the Blues and in the previous week was on hand to score the final try against the Crusaders.

However, his joy has quickly turned to despair after team medical staff said the flyer could be out for at least six weeks. Sevens star Justin Wilson is expected to come into the squad for Friday's game against the Chiefs in Rotorua.

The leading tryscorer in Super 12, Joeli Vidiri, would normally have been selected, but he is unavailable due to a relative's funeral in Fiji.

Blues halfback Mark Robinson has been cleared to play after recovering from a back injury, while others in some doubt include loosehead prop Nick White, flanker Justin Collins and utility back Amasio Valence.

But if the Blues thought they had problems, they should check out the walking wounded at the Chiefs. Jonno Gibbes, Koula Tukino, Duncan Blaikie, Keith Robinson and David Briggs are all damaged forwards while Todd Miller, Scott McLeod, Mark Ranby, David Hill, Rhys Duggan and Loki Crichton are backline casualties.

Chreston Davis and Kristian Ormsby have come into the squad to cover for the shortages at lock and loose-forward.

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