Relief for Brumbies as Mortlock cleared of serious injury

Wallaby captain and Brumbies star Stirling Mortlock has been cleared to a serious leg injury after he was involved in a big gut wrenching collision during the Brumbies 25-17 Super14 loss in Johannesburg.

Mortlock immediately received medical attention on the field but then got up again to continue playing but a minute later signaled that he needed to come off.

Mortlock then limped off the field in the second half after his leg appeared to have been bent backwards in the collision.

Early indications are that Mortlock’s injury is not as bad as first thought and he could be available for the clash with the Sharks on Saturday.

“At this stage it appears that Stirling has suffered a corked thigh in both legs,” Brumbies doctor Warren McDonald told AAP.

“We will monitor him over the next 48 hours and see how he pulls up.”

Mortlock clashed with Lions number 10 Andre Pretorius as the two were charging for a loose ball and Pretorius’s body landed heavily on Mortlock’s knee.

The Brumbies missed a big opportunity to move up the log against one of the lower ranked teams in the Super 14.

The Brumbies are now sitting in ninth place and could have been much higher after they fought back from being 15-10 down at half time to take the lead 17-15 after Mark Chisholm scored a try that was converted by Mortlock just after half time.

The Brumbies were then a little too complacent and seemed happy to pick up a losing bonus point until they allowed Lion’s fullback Louis Ludik to score a converted try at the death which robbed them of the losing bonus point.

The Brumbies face the Sharks, who are one of the favourites to win the Super 14, this weekend.

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