26 Feb 2007

Chiefs coach says injury, not missing All Blacks, contributing to their losses

11:40 am on 26 February 2007

The Chiefs coach Ian Foster says it's the injury toll that has played a major part in their losses in the Super 14 competition -- not the absence of the All Blacks players to the conditioning programme.

The Chiefs are bottom of the table after their fourth straight loss in as many weeks -- this time to the Bulls, 30-27 in Pretoria yesterday morning.

The Chiefs are missing Mils Muliaina, Sitiveni Sivavatu, and Byron Kelleher to the All Blacks camp, but Foster says they're not the reason for the string of losses.

"The thing that has made it hard for us in this start is not so much the conditioning All Blacks not being with us, because we've had plenty of knowledge to plan that, the thing that's made it difficult is losing the calibre of Robinson. Lauaki, Gibbs, Kahui, Enesi, Lavea all through injury."

Ian Foster.