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Huxley to miss Waratahs clash

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Super 14 on 2 Mar 2008 at 08:01
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Brumbies fullback Julian Huxley will miss this week’s Super 14 derby with the NSW Waratahs after suffering concussion in their 43-11 demolition of Queensland.

Foxsport reports that Huxley spent last night in Canberra’s Calvary Hospital and underwent precautionary scans after he was taken from the field in a neck brace in just the third minute of the match.

In dramatic scenes at Canberra Stadium, the former Wallaby No.15 began convulsing on the field after attempting a front-on tackle on Reds lock James Horwill.

The match was held up for around six minutes as medical staff attended to him.

But Huxley was released from hospital this morning after receiving the good news from Brumbies doctor Warren McDonald that he had suffered no structural or muscular damage.

Huxley will be the sixth back and fourth Wallaby on the sidelines for the Brumbies as they endure a wretched early-season injury crisis.

The situation didn’t bother the “baby Brumbies” though as they ran riot with five tries in the second half against a star-studded but woeful Reds side.

The most impressive performance by an Australian Super 14 side this season will undoubtedly have the NSW Waratahs wary when the two sides meet at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Brumbies two-try hero Mark Chisolm said the Brumbies had improved markedly since scraping home against the Highlanders last week but would need to up the ante again to overcome the Waratahs, who edged the Otago side 15-13.

“Another big step up for us (is what’s needed),” he said.

“We’ve really got to review and train very well. Waratah week is always a big week down here and same with the Waratahs, they take it on seriously.

“Interstate rivalry is a big battle and we’ve got two in two weeks so we’ve really got to rest, recover and amp it up for next weekend.”

Coach Laurie Fisher found it hard to temper his enthusiasm for the young talent at his disposal as his side battles its injury crisis.

He reserved special praise for young flyhalf Christian Lealiifano, who outplayed Test incumbent Berrick Barnes and will next get an opportunity to measure himself against hyped NSW youngster Kurtley Beale.

“I thought Christian Lealiifano was tremendous out there,” Fisher said.

“Obviously Leo Afeaki, that’s a wonderful debut. Saia Faingaa in his first Super 14 starting game at 20 years of age.

“I don’t want to single out individual blokes but some guys out there were absolutely magnificent.”

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