Cane, Tamanivalu ruled fit for semi-final

Date published: July 27 2016

The Chiefs have been boosted by the news that Sam Cane and centre Seta Tamanivalu will be available for Saturday's semi-final with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Co-captain Cane has no symptoms of the concussion sustained in the quarter-final win over the Stormers in Cape Town while Tamanivalu has recovered from the knee injury which ruled him out of that clash.

The midfielder's return comes at the right time as Stephen Donald has been ruled out of the semi-final with a lat injury.

Cane said he is raring to go after his head knock which happened during the first half in Cape Town.

"My dad watches rugby pretty closely and he said he couldn't even spot it," he told Fairfax Media

"It was just before half-time when they scored, a guy just stepped back, I came in to assist and we just hit heads."

The 24-year-old revealed that he decided to take the concussion test himself, something which turned out to be a good thing.

"I was the one who actually went to the doc at halftime and said 'I've taken a little bit of a bang' so I went and did the tests," he added.

"I wasn't happy, obviously, about not playing the second half, but once I caught my breath and composed myself on the bench I thought 'No, that was a good decision' and thanked the doc for it."

Because of the concussion protocols, Cane will be on light duty at training this week.

"You'd like to be involved as much as you can in a week like this week, but the protocols are set in place and they're there for a reason," he said. 

"I've seen enough guys in this team who've struggled with head knocks and know a few personally who've had to retire, so there's no point fudging it."