Ngatai to miss Waratahs clash

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Chiefs sec­ond fiveeighth Char­lie Ngatai has failed to over­come his con­cus­sion symp­toms and will miss the team’s Su­per Rugby clash with the Waratahs in Sydney to­mor­row night. Af­ter pick­ing up the knock late against the High­landers in Hamil­ton on May 7, Ngatai then had the bye to re­cu­per­ate, but didn’t re­cover suf­fi­ciently to play against the Rebels last Satur­day. His symp­toms were mi­nor and he was ex­pected to re­turn for this fi­nal match be­fore the June in­ter­na­tional win­dow, but hasn’t quite met his re­quire­ments.

“He’s im­proved, just not quick enough,” coach Dave Ren­nie said. “We’re re­ally cau­tious around all the con­cus­sions. I’m pretty con­fi­dent that if we had a game next week, he’d be play­ing. But we haven’t.”

It’s a frus­trat­ing run for Ngatai, who had been in out­stand­ing form for the Chiefs and re­ally push­ing his case for All Blacks se­lec­tion. He should still find him­self in the 32 named on Sun­day, but his lack of re­cent game time is by no means ideal. Ngatai’s ab­sence means that the An­ton Lienert BrownSeta Ta­mani­valu mid­field pair­ing which was ex­cel­lent in the win over the Rebels, re­mains, with Ta­mani­valu hav­ing got over his sprained an­kle.

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Chiefs sec­ond five-eighth Char­lie Ngatai (left).

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