Col­li­sion rocks Leonard

South Waikato News - - PICK THE WINNERS -

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.’’

Photo: FAIR­FAX.

BET­TER TIMES: Bren­don Leonard scores a try against North­land. Later he would be car­ried from the field af­ter be­ing knocked out.

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