Elliot reveals illness troubles

 Jul 30,2013
Written by: Editor

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot has revealed that he was forced to dig deep during Saturday’s clash with the Crusaders after being struck down by illness.

Elliot started the Super Rugby semi-final despite having spent much of the week on the sidelines due to a bout of food poisoning and was struggling with the after effects during the match.

"First 10, 15 minutes I felt like I was going to puke; dizziness, stuff like that," he said.

The Chiefs line-out wasn’t the same smooth running machine it normally is, but coach Dave Rennie paid tribute to Elliot despite the 27-year-old not having his best game.

"It was pretty bad, he was vomiting and so on," Rennie told

"He did a great job for us. We stuffed up a few lineouts early on but the boys had tweaked the lineouts during the week and, of course, Hika wasn't able to train. That had a little bit of an effect. But certainly he was very physical around the field and had a high workrate. He gutsed it out.

“He's been good for us, Hika. He's made some real shifts in his game. He'll be better for us next week, obviously."

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