Aussie wrap (Mon)

Keo.co.za brings you the latest news from Australia’s Super 14 franchises.

Gits going strong

Force star Matt Giteau is recovering well after an horrific head knock against the Waratahs.

The flyhalf got his head on the wrong side in an attempted tackle on Sam Norton-Knight and collapsed to the ground in a heap. However, a neurosurgeon examined him at the ground and cleared him of any structural damage to his neck and head.

He’ll undergo more tests on Wednesday to determine how long he is sidelined, and when he can resume training but is sure to miss the Force’s clash with the Reds on Friday.

Mortlock eyes Sharks return

Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock is set to line up against the Sharks despite leaving the field with concussion this weekend.

“He’s pulled up fine today. There are no ill effects,” Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher told rugbyheaven. “He didn’t even take a Panadol.”

Players are usually expected to rest for at least a fortnight after sustaining a concussion, but it seems the Brumbies have decided to risk the centre. Mortlock was impressive in the Brumbies’ win over the Blues and will be a major threat to the Sharks on Saturday.

Turner backs McKenzie

Waratahs wing Lachlan Turner has criticised the decision to axe coach Ewan McKenzie at the end of the season, calling it “rushed and made too soon”.

The Tahs were said to be unhappy about the brand of rugby the team were playing under McKenzie and the fact that results were far too inconsistent for their liking.

“All the Lions analysis has been done. We watched the Lions [on Saturday],” McKenzie said. “We have to actually work out who is going to play against us. But we have done a lot of work on them already. Everyone has a job to do.

“We run a regular [weekly] routine. We will stick to that and I will stay in contact via phone and email. I will be back in plenty of time. The way it is going now, we will probably have a day off training anyway [to recover from fatigue], but mostly it is just business as usual. We have nearly 40 years of experience on our staff. So if we can’t rely on that for one day then there’s something wrong.”

Holmes blow for Reds

Reds prop Greg Holmes could miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Holmes had loose bone in his knee removed which will sideline him for at least four weeks. “It’s bad luck for Holmesy, who’d been playing extremely well for us,” Reds coach Phil Mooney told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“He felt some pain in the knee after our last match in South Africa and when we had the scans done they found quite a large bone fragment that had to be removed.”