Collision rocks Leonard
Brendon Leonard has avoided serious injury after being left unconscious on the Toll Stadium turf on Saturday afternoon.
In the 63rd minute of Waikato’s ITM Cup match with Northland Leonard collided with Northland fullback Lachie Munro.
The Waikato halfback was knocked out and was carried from the field by medical staff.
Leonard was taken to Northland Hospital immediately for assessment.
The Waikato players visited their teammate after the game and he was released late that night. Travelling team medic Doctor Paul Kennedy said Leonard was knocked unconscious and sustained an injury to his right ear.
‘‘He was released from the hospital after being cleared of any serious injuries and will be seeing an ear, nose and throat specialist this week to determine how long he will be unavailable to play rugby,’’ Dr Kennedy said.
Leonard’s services will be missed by a Waikato team which jumped into the top four following their 45-33 win on Saturday. The Mooloos are five points behind competition leaders Canterbury who they will play in the final round.
On Friday Waikato host Otago while the following week they are away to Manawatu.
‘‘Brendon had an outstanding game yesterday and he’ll be a massive loss to our team over the next couple of weeks,’’ coach Chris Gibbes said.
‘‘But he’s a tough competitor and will bounce back from this injury in no time.
‘‘We all wish him a swift recovery.’’
BETTER TIMES: Brendon Leonard scores a try against Northland. Later he would be carried from the field after being knocked out.