Morty fine after concussion?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 14 Apr 2008 at 11:27
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In a boost ahead of the Brumbies’ must-win match against the Sharks on Saturday, coach Laurie Fisher declared captain Stirling Mortlock “fine” after the concussion he suffered in the team’s hard-fought win over the Blues.

Mortlock left the field in the second half after his head collided with the knee of opposition hooker Keven Mealamu on Saturday. But Fisher said the Wallaby skipper would be available to play this weekend, according to SAPA and News24.

“He’s pulled up fine today. There are no ill effects,” Fisher said about his captain. “He didn’t even take a Panadol.”

The Sharks escaped with a narrow win over the Highlanders on Friday to remain unbeaten this year and sit second on the ladder behind the Crusaders.


  • unlikely. You never play the week after a concussion, regardless of whether you are named in the team or not.

    Ask Nick Evans.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.08 11:28:43 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • What about Gits? How’s he doing?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.08 11:48:49 by molly Reply
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  • They have ruled Giteau out for this weekends game against the Reds

    If you have him in your FL sell him NOW

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.08 11:58:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Forget about Shrek… KSA are you sure about Giteau?

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.08 18:41:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Bryce

    yes there are a few articles around but this one from the reds website is the one i believe

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.08 19:12:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Reds website ❓ ❓ Foxsports!!!!!!!!!

    Giteau to sit out Reds clash

    April 13, 2008

    WESTERN Force five-eighth Matt Giteau has been ruled out of the Super 14 match against Queensland next weekend, after he suffered his third bout of concussion of the season in the round-nine 17-12 loss to New South Wales.

    Giteau was cleared of any structural damage to his neck or head at Subiaco Oval, but club medical staff have already scratched him from the side to play the Reds at Suncorp Stadium clash.

    The Force and Australia star was taken from the field in a neck brace after he was knocked senseless attempting a front-on tackle on Waratahs full-back Sam Norton-Knight in the 20th minute at Subiaco Oval.

    Force medical staff have ordered Giteau to stay off his feet until Wednesday, when he will be checked by a neurosurgeon in Perth.

    The Force have their bye after the Reds match, with Giteau expected to return against the Chiefs in Perth on May 3.

    “I feel fine,” Giteau said.

    “It does not feel like there is anything wrong at all.

    “I remember everything from the game so it feels like nothing has happened.

    “The most disappointing thing is that I didn’t get to participate more in the game because it is the type of game you want to be involved in.”

    Giteau thanked Waratahs winger Lote Tuqiri, who rushed to his aid and placed him in the recovery position.

    “I spoke to Lote after the game when he came in to the dressing rooms and thanked him,” Giteau said.

    “I was told he (assisted Giteau) by the medical staff, when I was being looked at.

    “It was a good thing to do, and I would like to think I would do the same thing for him.

    “I came to on the field when I was being put on the stretcher. It was scary because the medical staff were asking if I could move my fingers.

    “They were just being over cautious I guess, but it made it a bit scarier than it was.

    “I saw the play coming and just went in to try and shut it down.

    “I will have cog sport (concussion gauge) tests over the next few days and see the specialist again on Wednesday.”

    Force coach John Mitchell said: “The system is that each day they review the levels of headaches, clearness and such.

    “But we will make sure we certainly won’t risk him, and (will) look after his welfare, which is foremost.”


  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.08 19:16:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seems you were right Rob. 😎

    Without Mortlock our chances are that much better.

    Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness for Saturday night’s vital clash with the Durban Sharks in Canberra.

    Mortlock left the field against the Auckland Blues on Saturday with concussion and said yesterday he would not rush back, even for a must-win match against the Sharks.

    Despite the Brumbies declaring the Australian centre ‘fine’ after the match, Mortlock said he would need further assessments before agreeing to play on Saturday night.

    Mortlock missed several matches last year because of a string of concussions which caused blurred vision, dizziness, a lack or energy and headaches.

    “It’s a bit of a concerning issue from where I was last year,” Mortlock said.

    “If I didn’t go through what I went through last year it wouldn’t be too much of an issue but having been through that and having experienced complications with concussion last year and head knocks we’ll be assessing it very stricter.”

    The Brumbies skipper has already missed six matches this season following a shoulder reconstruction after last year’s rugby World Cup in France.

    A concerned Mortlock phoned his Wallabies teammate and Western Force flyhalf Matt Giteau after the sickening injury he sustained in the loss to the NSW Waratahs.

    “I just spoke with Gits on the phone actually,” Mortlock said.

    “His was quite serious and [he] was out for a long time and had the arms up in the air.

    “Mine was slightly different to that, I took a head knock and was out for a little while and then was clocked in it afterwards. We’ll assess it and see how we go from there.”

    The Brumbies’ win kept them in touch with the Super 14’s leading group and Mortlock said every match from here-on-in was vital.

    “I think we haven’t lost touch with the leading group that was a must-win for us and that’s how we approached it mentally and I’m just really proud of the effort all the guys showed out there on the weekend,” he said.

    Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher said he had no qualms about giving Mortlock until game time to declare his fitness given the asset he is.

    “He’ll run tomorrow and see how he feels so we’ll leave it for as late as possible for a player of that quality,” Fisher said.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.08 06:40:21 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    liar, liar, pants on fire 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.08 12:54:33 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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