Sunday 20 August 2017

Erasmus allays back-row injury fears

O’Donoghue was taken to hospital before returning to Thomond Park. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
O’Donoghue was taken to hospital before returning to Thomond Park. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Rassie Erasmus is hopeful that the injury Jack O'Donoghue suffered in Saturday's win over Edinburgh is not as bad as first feared.

The Munster back-row required lengthy attention and was stretchered off after he was shoulder charged at a breakdown by Fraser McKenzie.

The Edinburgh player was sin binned for what the referee branded as 'reckless' play but McKenzie was can considerate himself fortunate that the card was not a different colour.

O'Donoghue was taken to hospital before returning to Thomond Park and Erasmus is optimistic that the Waterford native won't be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"It looks okay," Erasmus said in the immediate aftermath.

"He went to hospital. I'm not sure of the results. He is very sore and stiff. I guess it can't be too serious if he is back in the changing room again.

"It was his neck, I'm not sure how much of concussion was involved. Neck and head, you have to be very careful when it comes to that."

Erasmus was reluctant to be drawn on whether he felt McKenzie should have been sent off.

"It's foul play and a guy got knocked out. If we allow that to happen then a lot of guys will get knocked out."

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