He had only just arrived at that stage; probably only had a week or two training with the side. That is worth mentioning as he has been vocal about the professionalism at the club. We all know that wasn't at the level it should have been but a few posters have mentioned incidents like you have mentioned above or things where he wasn't as professional as you would expect for such a high profile signing.Sam has always had issues with the piss. I remember seeing him off his rocket in town and that was the night before his club debut at the Auckland 9s. Next day he was pulled because of a stomach bug or some lame cover up like that.
He has been subtle about the clubs professionalism or handling of his knee injury. Those players he was criticising of being unprofessional he sure depended on as being tackled he looked like an under 17s player playing in a mens grade.