WATCH - Rugby star Nathan Hughes praised for amazing act of sportsmanship for stricken opponent
England and Wasps star Nathan Hughes has been lauded for his action following a heavy collision with Exeter Chiefs' player Sam Simmonds.
In the 24th minute of the Aviva Premiership game between the sides of last weekend, Hughes took a quick-tap penalty and thundered into Simmonds.
It was clear that Hughes immediately recognised something was wrong and instead of jumping up to return to play, he cradled his opponents head and got him safely into a recovery position.
The game continued with Hughes' Wasps team on the attack but he made ref JP Doyle aware of the seriousness of what was going on and the game was stopped.
The Chiefs’ rugby director Rob Baxter also made a point of thanking the big No.8 during his intra-match BT Sport interview.
"He's okay. The most important thing to say is to congratulate Nathan Hughes on his reaction," Baxter said.
"He knows Simmo's hurt and he kind of looks after him down there. Even if he had bounced up to potentially get back in the attack, he could have hurt someone. For me, it was an absolutely fantastic reaction."
Simmonds showed his appreciation on social media.
Bit of tackle technique needed for me this week I think thanks for all the messages of support & thanks to the big man @NateWJHughes— Sam Simmonds (@samsimmonds_) September 24, 2017
Relieved to hear it was nothing serious. Hope you return to top form soon bro— Nathan Hughes (@NateWJHughes) September 24, 2017
The Chiefs beat Wasps 31-17 at Sandy Park.