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Red card could rule Kaino out of Blues opener

Blues captain Jerome Kaino will play his first Super Rugby match this year next week

Blues Super Rugby captain Jerome Kaino could miss the Blues Super Rugby season opener against the Highlanders due to a red card he was shown in a warm up.

The Blues beat the Chiefs 24-12 in a Super Rugby pre-season match at Pukekohe on Friday but Kaino was shown a red card in the match for throwing a punch.

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The two time World cup winner was deemed to the have punched Chiefs front-rower Pauliasi Manu and was sent off.

Kaino must now wait to hear if he faces a ban from a New Zealand Rugby judicial hearing.

Aside from the red card the Blues have had a near perfect pre-season as they have won three from three matches.