Smith taken to hospital after collapsing from heat

Cheetahs and Springbok flanker Juan Smith collapsed with heat exhaustion following his teams defeat against the Reds on Sunday afternoon.

Smith was taken to a Brisbane hospital on Sunday night and placed on a saline drip after he succumbed to heat stress in the dressing room following the Cheetahs’ 22-3 loss to the Reds.

The game was played in temperatures exceeding 32 degrees Celsius and humidity of 66 percent and both teams struggled to cope with the extreme conditions.

Afternoon games are rare in the Super 14 but O’Neill said the incident highlighted the need to review the timing of the competition.

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