Chiefs Flanker Mitchell Karpik Sidelined With ACL Injury

The Chiefs have suffered another season-ending injury before competition even begins, this time promising openside flanker Mitch Karpik.

As reported on The Real Michael Pulman last Friday, Karpik was seen on crutches following the 17-12 victory over the Waratahs in a trial game.

Following scans, Karpik ruptured the ACL in his left knee, the incident occurring when the 20-year old was involved in contact during Friday’s game. Karpik’s expected recovery time is 6-9 months, ruling him out of Super Rugby in 2016.

Karpik says he is really disappointed but sees the injury as a bump in the road. With time to focus on his University studies, Karpik said he will continue to cheer on the Chiefs from the sidelines.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is also bitterly disappointed for Karpik after being impressed by what the young openside flanker had to offer during the trial match where the injury occurred.

“His debut in Friday’s game was impressive and further reinforced the hugely promising future he has ahead of him,” Rennie said.

Karpik will undergo surgery in the near future.

Chiefs Suffer Two More Injuries In Trial Match

Despite winning their opening practice match ahead of Super Rugby’s pre season, the Chiefs have added another two casualties to the injury ward in the process.

The Chiefs claimed a sloppy 17-12 win over the Waratahs at Rotorua’s International Stadium, but it is at the cost of one important cog in the forward pack and a fresh new up and comer.

No 8 Maama Vaipulu has suffered an injury to his right shoulder, and after being taken from the field, had in a sling on the sidelines.

Openside flanker Mitchell Karpik injured his left knee and was on crutches after the match.

Prop Nepo Laulala and flanker Dominic Bird have already been ruled out of Super Rugby with separate injuries, and the match fitness of Stephen Donald is also in question as he continues to suffer a niggling groin injury.