25 Oct 2010

Three Auckland players in doubt for playoffs

5:15 pm on 25 October 2010

Auckland's win over Tasman's come at a high price, with one frontline forward ruled out of next weekend's provincial rugby playoffs and two backs in doubt.

Despite sealing a home semi-final against Waikato in the 49-10 victory at Eden Park, lock Andrew Van der Heijden will miss the weekend's home semi-final against Waikato after breaking his forearm.

Winger Dave Thomas and former All Black utility Ben Atiga are 50-50 propositions with foot tendon and thumb injuries respectively.