Brumbies pay the price for beating Waratahs

The Brumbies paid a hefty price for their Super 14 win over the Waratahs on Friday as captain Stephen Hoiles looks set to be ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

The tough No.8 has been ruled out of the three-match tour of South Africa after suffering a grade two medial ligament tear.

The most positive scenario for Hoiles is a four week stint at home in Australia.

“It’s a shame for him. I think he’s leading the team really well,” Brumbies coach Andy Friend told AAP.

“That will be a loss for us, but the boys will rally and we’ll head over to South Africa reasonable shape.”

The Brumbies did some good news however as lock Mark Chisholm looks likely to be fit for the Brumbies clash with the Lions in Johannesburg even though he took a head knock in the match against the Waratahs.

The Brumbies got back to winning ways after they moved Stirling Mortlock back to his preferred outside centre position and coach Andy Friend said that he will learn from making the move.

“It’s my fault for not picking him there in the first place, I take the rap for that.” Friend said.


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