SAINTS have been dealt a blow with the news that stand off Lance Hohaia will be out of action for eight to ten weeks with a foot injury.

It means that the Kiwi World Cup winner will be out of action until the start of the play offs unless there is a rapid recovery.

It means that Gary Wheeler gets another chance to stake his claim at stand off.

He will partner fit-again Luke Walsh in the halves for Friday night’s clash with Widnes Vikings at Langtree Park.