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Crusaders suffer early Super rugby prop blow



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Defending Super rugby champions the Crusaders have suffered an early blow after prop Tim Perry broke his arm in the season opener.

The Crusaders beat the Blues 24-22 at Eden Park in Auckland but now that Perry is out injured they only have Joe Moody and Harry Allan as looshead cover in the squad.

Perry came on to the field in the second half of the match but lasted just seven minutes before suffering the injury.

The prop will see a specialist on Monday to determine how bad the injury is according to Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

“He will go see a specialist on Monday to have a look at the options. If it’s an operation, and how long that would take to recover, if it is,” Robertson told The Press.

“Really gutted for him. He’s in incredible shape, probably the best of his career. It’s tough for him and the team because we need him. We wish him a quick recovery.”

As Perry was forced to leave the field Joe Moody was forced to play 73 of the match against the Blues.

Robertson said that they are looking for cover in the front row but said that Allan will now have an opportunity to get some game time.

“Harry (Allan) has been training well, he’s been around the team for a year or two and now is his opportunity. We’re looking for cover,” Robertson said

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