18 Feb 2012

Two Canes miss tough road trip through injury

2:36 pm on 18 February 2012

Prop Reg Goodes and halfback Chris Smylie weren't on the plane as the Hurricanes left for their tough three-game Super Rugby road trip to South Africa and Australia.

The pair copped injuries in Friday's final 23-19 trial win over the Chiefs at Taupo.

All Black loosie Jerome Kaino's eye injury from the Blues' third straight pre-season win over the Highlanders shouldn't keep him out of contention for the season opener against the Crusaders on Friday at Eden Park.

Kaino got a poke in the eye as the Blues routed the southerners 29-12 at Unitec in Auckland.