5 Jun 2011

Umaga's run may be over

8:28 am on 5 June 2011

The Chiefs' win over the Blues at Eden Park's come at a cost for former All Black captain Tana Umaga who suffered a season- and potentially career-ending achilles tendon injury.

Just back from a two-month injury layoff, the 38-year-old scored the opening try with a sizzling run but ruptured his achilles.

Umaga's on crutches and is wearing a moon boot. It seems he's little chance of turning out for Counties Manukau in the provincial competition and a distinguished career could now be over.

Meanwhile the Blues' grip on top spot in the New Zealand Super Rugby conference has loosened after Saturday night's 16-11 home loss to the Chiefs at Eden Park.

It's the Blues' third straight loss and they're now just two points clear of next weekend's opponents in Timaru, the Crusaders.