Otago Daily Times

In­jured Selby­Rickit out for at least three weeks

- ADRIAN SECONI Sports · Whangarei · Southland, Texas

SOUTH­LAND will be with­out key lock Manaaki Selby­Rickit for at least three weeks.

The 24­year­old in­jured his knee just be­fore the half­time break dur­ing the 18­14 loss to North­land in Whangarei on Sun­day.

Stags coach Dale Ma­cLeod said they were wait­ing on a scan but the pow­er­house sec­ond­rower has a sus­pected torn me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment and faces from three to six weeks on the side­line.

Six weeks would ef­fec­tively rule him out for the re­main­der of the sea­son but Ma­cLeod re­mains hope­ful he still has a role to play in the cam­paign.

‘‘It is not too good but it does not re­quire surgery at this stage,’’

Ma­cLeod said.

‘‘But it could be three to six weeks — we are just wait­ing on a lit­tle more feed­back on it.

‘‘He cer­tainly won’t fea­ture for at least three weeks . . . and pos­si­bly the sea­son.

‘‘But we are still hold­ing out hope. He is a tough, re­silient char­ac­ter . . . and he has proven in the past when he has had some nig­gles and bangs that he is pretty re­silient.

‘‘He has a big engine and just goes all day . . . but we know the guys will come in and do a job.’’

South­land was ahead in most of the key game statis­tics ex­cept where it counted the most in its nar­row loss to North­land.

He felt his side got ‘‘tun­nel vi­sion’’ while at­tack­ing and it was a matter of ‘‘tak­ing a lit­tle breath’’ and im­prov­ing its com­po­sure.

‘‘There is noth­ing ma­jor. It is all just sim­ple fixes and we just need a lit­tle more at­ten­tion to de­tail by in­di­vid­u­als and we would have won that game 99 times out of 100.

‘‘We are all gut­ted by an op­por­tu­nity which we let go.’’

South­land will host Taranaki on Satur­day evening. It is ex­pected to name its side to­mor­row.

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