Mortlock cleared of serious injury

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Mortlock cleared of serious injury

Stirling Mortlock is fine despite a sickening collision during the Brumbies’ 25-17 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

Mortlock hobbled off Ellis Park in the second half after his leg was bent back awkwardly, but early indications are that he suffered no major injury and could be available for the clash with the Sharks on Saturday.

‘At this stage it appears that Stirling has suffered a corked thigh in both legs,’ said Brumbies doctor Warren McDonald. ‘We will monitor him over the next 48 hours and see how he pulls up.’

Injury concerns for Tahs

As injuries begin to mount in the Waratahs camp, all eyes will be on Phil Waugh after he left the field during his side’s 17-13 defeat to the Crusaders.

The loss of Waugh ahead of the clash with the Blues this weekend would be a major blow, but coach Chris Hickey said Waugh’s exit was more precautionary then anything else.

‘He twinged his calf muscle. He felt a twinge so he thought it would be better to be safe rather than sorry,’ said Hickey.

‘It was his call. There was something there, and he didn’t want to push through it. But we won’t know until after all the medicals are done.’

It is likely prop Al Baxter will be sidelined for three or four games, after his calf injury flared up again in his 100th game for New South Wales.

‘It [the strain] is about the same as the last time he did it,’ Hickey said. ‘We felt one game might have been sufficient [rest] last week, but obviously it wasn’t.’

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