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Volavola up as injury cover

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

SYDNEY - Injuries to wingers Peter Betham and Alofa Alofa have forced NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika to call up a replacement for Saturday's Super Rugby conference derby with the in-form Western Force.

Utility back Ben Volavola will fly to Perth as emergency injury cover after the Waratahs lost two outside backs in their 22-11 win over the Stormers on Saturday.

The win came at a cost, with Betham and Alofa both injured in the battle.

Scans in Cape Town on Sunday confirmed a break in Betham's left foot, while fellow speedster Alofa suffered a medial ligament strain in his right knee.

Betham and Alofa stayed overnight in Johannesburg before flying to Sydney on Monday rather than joining the team, who flew straight to Perth for Saturday's match with the Force.

Alofa and Betham aren't the Waratahs' only concerns, with second-rower Kane Douglas being monitored for a sore neck after a standout performance against the Stormers.

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