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PostSubject: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 3:27 am

The Hurricanes have suffered a massive injury blow ahead of the second match of their tour in Durban, with All Black winger Hosea Gear ruled out for probably the remainder of the Super 14 season.

Gear badly injured his knee in the weekend's 38-32 victory over the Lions in Johannesburg and is expected to be sidelined for up to two months.

Prop John Schwalger also limped off during the win, but he has responded well to treatment and should be available for selection against the Sharks.

Gear might be fit again around semifinal time, but it's doubtful he'd be able to re-enter the selection picture after such a long payoff.

The bad news didn't end there for Colin Cooper's side who thrust their way up to fifth on the table with the bonus point win in Jo'burg, with flanker Scott Waldrom also ruled out for the next fortnight with an abdominal muscle strain suffered in training.

Both Gear and Waldrom are returning to New Zealand to begin their rehabilitation. No replacements have been called for at this stage.

Gear sustained a posterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee, with Canes officials estimating he will need six to eight weeks to rehabilitate it. There are seven weeks left in the round-robin.

The loss of the 25-year-old is a dreadful blow to the Canes who got their campaign right back on track by prevailing in that nine-try thriller against the Lions.

The big wing has shown glimpses of the form that saw him rewarded with an All Black tour spot at the end of last year and was the Hurricanes' equal top try-scorer with three touchdowns.

Fortunately for Cooper he still has a number of options to call on, including Hawke's Bay wing Zac Guildford and former Auckland speedster Davis Smith. He also has the option of using utilities Cory Jane (who is fit again), Tamati Ellison or Ma'a Nonu out there, depending on his preferences.

Waldrom is expected to be right for the match against the Stormers in Wellington on April 18.

The Hurricanes' match early Sunday (NZ time) against the table-topping Sharks is expected to be one of the feature clashes of the eighth round of Super 14 action.

The John Plumtree-coached Sharks have lost just once in 2009 and have settled in now for an ominous long home stand to finish the season.

But the Canes have beaten the South Africans in three of their five previous matches in Durban and would dearly love to lift that total to four -- a result that would really tighten things up at the top of the table.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 4:58 am

Bugger!!

Atleast David Smith will start though!
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 5:11 am

Not necessarily - I'm all for keeping both Jane and Ellison on the field.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 5:11 am

Ohh tru that! Well he'l be on the bench then Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 5:12 am

Probably - unless they have Kirkpatrick and Ripia there for some reason.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 5:13 am

Yea, i wana see ripia start a game! even though mattewson and weepu are in good form!
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 5:14 am

Yeah - Mathewson/Weepu seems to be sussed now - especially now that Weepu is being tipped as a possible stop-gap for the ABs at 10 (though Donald looks to have that sewn up with the Chiefs' form now). Kirkpatrick and Ripia's tactical nous is just far too limited at this stage unfortunately.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 6:16 am

That bad news for the Hurricanes. How many tries has this guy scored this year?
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 6:17 am

Only 3
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 8:19 am

Whos the hurricanes leading try scorer? Ellison?
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 10:32 am

I was tipping Gear for top tryscorer this season

A real blow for the Canes, and Gear's All Black aspirations for later on in the season
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 11:08 pm

Gear wasn't really putting his hand up for the ABs anyway.

I think Gear is the leading try-scorer for the Canes though...tied with Conrad Smith at 3 each.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 11:29 pm

Hope he recovers quickly!
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 11:29 pm

And i thnk jane should play on the wing, when he did in his first season he scored so much tries
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeTue Mar 31, 2009 11:36 pm

Agreed. There's an article on Stuff that says Cullen reckons the same.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeWed Apr 01, 2009 2:51 am

9. Mattewson
10.Weepu
11.Jane
12.Nonu
13.Smith
14.Guildofrd?
15.Ellison
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeWed Apr 01, 2009 2:55 am

Yeah - looks right to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Gear out for the Season   Gear out for the Season Icon_minitimeWed Apr 01, 2009 6:42 am

i hope david smith gets more Game time!
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