Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane has had to return home after being knocked out cold by Sireli Naqelevuki in the 37-13 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town on the weekend.
The massive Fijian and Stormers winger trampled Jane on his way to the tryline, but was unfortunately called back by the ref for a forward pass.
All Black Jane was out cold before he hit the floor, as he clearly came off second best in this clash of heads. Naqelevuki on the other hand, barely flinched. As if the initial blow wasnt bad enough, the impact as Jane hit the floor was also pretty horrific.
"I got knocked the f**k out lol. That's what happens when 120kgs hits 88kg," he said later that night on Twitter, adding the next day that his face looks like its been hit by a bus.
The Hurricanes, who lost badly to the Cheetahs a week ago, now travel to Pretoria for a meeting with the formidable title holders, the Bulls. Their tour has been a disaster so far, and doesnt look like improving any time soon, according to the New Zealand media.
On a positive note, Maa Nonu has been let off after he was cited for a dangerous tackle on Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant. The judicial officer felt that the penalty on the field at the time was fair punishment for the high, no-arms tackle.
Its Nonu's third misdemeanour in three matches, following yellow cards against both the Lions and the Cheetahs. The Hurricanes will at least be boosted by his availability for the Bulls match, following the loss of Jane after this sickening blow.
Friday Funnies - The Cory Jane charge down with the face
Naqelevuki red card at the London Rugby Sevens