Crusaders facing injury crisis ahead of Super Rugby final

The Crusaders have suffered a major setback in their bid to retain the Super Rugby title following injuries to the duo of flanker Jordan Taufua and hooker Seb Siataga.
Taufua and Siataga both sustained identical arm injuries in their 30-12 semi-final win over the Hurricanes last weekend and are consequently ruled out of Saturday’s decider against the Lions.
Ryan Crotty and Michael Alaalatoa also failed to play the entire match last weekend but  assistant coach Brad Mooar is optimistic that they will be passed fit for the encounter.
“It’s a pretty clean bill of health otherwise,” Mooar said. ” Crotts [Ryan Crotty] went off, but passed his HIA test.Now the need is to go through the usual protocols throughout the week and make sure he is available for selection.”
“He is highly valued and we love having him around. It was more a knock than concussion, but we need to work through the process and be ready if he isn’t fit.”
“Michael Alaalatoa went off with a sore back after a pretty brutal hit during a clean-out.He should be fine, as he works through the week into selection contention.”
Enroute to Saturday’s final, Crusaders saw off Sharks 40-10 in the quarter finals before easing to a 30-12 win over the Hurricanes in a last four match up.
Meanwhile for South African outfit Lions,they edged Argentina’s Jaguares 40-23 before annihilating the Waratahs 44-26 in the semi  finals.

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