CRL GIVES DAN KILIAN ALL CLEAR
By Les Muir
THE CRL has cleared powerful forward Dan Kilian to make a return for Tumut in the elimination final at Twickenham on Saturday.
Kilian has been unable to play for Tumut for three months because of an ongoing court matter, but it was resolved last week.
The CRL ruled on Friday that Kilian is now free to play for Tumut, a decisiob that will give the Blues a huge boost before the clash with Kangaroos on Saturday.
Bristow had her “fingers crossed” that the CRL would give Kilian the go-ahead to play after he was stood down a month into the premiership.
“Absolutely,” she said.
“That’s what we’re hoping.”
Bristow said Kilian had fitted in well in Tumut and the club was right behind him.
Kiian's comeback is just the lift Tumut needed before Saturday’s sudden-death clash.
Bristow said Tumut was in the throes of a injury crisis, with gun fullback Dean Bristow and barnstorming prop Tamati Ioane in serious doubt.
“There are a few (doubtful) hence the young ones (players) have been named,” she said.
Although listed on the bench, Ioane is rated little chance of playing, while Dean Bristow is also unlikely to start.
Others under a cloud are Jacob McGrath and Charles Cribb, leaving Kilian’s comeback of vital importance for the Blues.
Tumut coach Jarrad Teka, who will shift to lock for Saturday's game, is expected to rush Kilian into the starting team.