Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Concern for All Blacks ace Ryan Crotty after another head injury

Concern for All Blacks ace Ryan Crotty after another head injury

Crotty has a history of concussion and looked to be in a bad way just 12 minutes into the Bledisloe Cup clash between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney yesterday morning.

All Blacks head coach Hansen felt the defending champions reaped the rewards for turning the tide in the first half.

Crotty was knocked out after making accidental contact with debutant team-mate Jack Goodhue as the All Blacks defeated the Wallabies 38-13 in Sydney. From our understanding as long as you fully recover and don't go back when you're not fully recovered, then you're OK.

But two minutes before half-time, returning All Blacks captain Kieran Read found scrum-half Smith to reduce the deficit to just one point and an onslaught of five second-half tries ensued. "It would have knocked most of us out".

Sam Cane, one of Crotty's All Blacks teammates was quick to praise Pocock for his quick thinking and sportsmanship in the situation.

'Know how frustrated he will be but for selfish reasons I want to see my brother grow old and able, not battling the brain forever, ' she wrote on Twitter. "It certainly helps you appreciate every week and every game you have and realising how fickle it can be". "Quite rare really", Cheika said.

"They had probably dominated that half so for us to get back in touch on the scoreboard was great".

"It's true we haven't won there for a while but this is a moment in time where we've got to make the decision that it's not going to happen again".

He did not believe Australia's loss of fullback Israel Folau to an ankle injury was a fatal blow to their chances, saying Michael Cheika's men would be desperate for a win.

"We weren't a 100 per cent clinical, there's no doubt about that", The New Zealand coach said.

"We haven't done anything tonight other than get the right to put one hand on the cup and we've got to go back next week, work hard and earn the right to put the other hand on it".

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