Black faces a lengthy lay­off

Manawatu Standard - - Sport -

Otere Black’s Blues sea­son is over be­fore it has even be­gun, with the Manawatu¯ first fiveeighth out for six to nine months.

Black, 22, has a rup­tured an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his knee, which he picked up in the Manawatu¯ Tur­bos’ 46-25 loss to Taranaki in New Ply­mouth on Wed­nes­day night.

The first five-eighth was on crutches with ice strapped to his knee af­ter the match, but scan re­sults re­vealed a rup­tured ACL.

It is hoped he will be back for next year’s na­tional pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship, but it should rule him out for the en­tire Su­per Rugby cam­paign.

Tur­bos coach Jeremy Cot­ter con­firmed yes­ter­day that Black’s in­jury would have him out for the best part of a year.

Black took an awk­ward fall dur­ing the game against Taranaki when try­ing to step and then was clutch­ing his knee as soon as he hit the deck.

The Blues are with­out an es­tab­lished play­maker. Their other first five-eighth op­tions are young­ster Stephen Pero­feta, who has looked in good touch for Taranaki, and North Har­bour’s Bryn Gat­land.

Black is on a three-year deal with the Blues, but 2018 was sup­posed to be the year he came into his own af­ter spend­ing most of his 21-game Hur­ri­canes ca­reer on the bench be­hind All Black Beau­den Bar­rett.

Otere Black

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