Wales captain Justin Tipuric left the pitch amid concerning scenes as a swinging arm from Georgia’s No. 7 appeared to knock the Osprey unconscious.
As winger Louis Rees-Zammit side-stepped several opposition players, an offload found its way to Tipuric but the flanker appeared to be knocked out in a tackle which saw him land awkwardly on the head/neck area.
Thankfully, Tipuric – skippering the side at Parc y Scarlets – was seen sitting up on the pitch talking to medics after receiving lengthy medical attention, and left the pitch sat on a buggy.
After closer examination on the hit from TMO Joy Neville and referee Luke Pearce, Beka Saginadze could be seen coming across and catching Tipuric in the head with a swinging arm.
Pearce said: “It is direct contact to the head but we need to discuss that the tackler is bringing that player to the ground… at the moment, I’m thinking yellow because of that tackle taking him to the floor.”
With mitigating factors coming from the fact Tipuric was already coming down as a result of a first tackle, Pearce gave Saginadze a yellow card over a red.
The incident which saw Tipuric land awkwardly, immediately appearing motionless. It’s likely to rule him out of the clash with England next Saturday.
Wales and Lions legend Sam Warburton, commentating on the match on Amazon Prime Video, slammed the challenge on Tipuric, saying: “I thought it was his head hitting the floor initially but that’s dirty. That’s got to be a yellow card. There’s no need to make that tackle. That’s a dirty, cheap shot to the chin.”
Speaking to S4C post-match after Wales’ 18-0 win, Wales boss Wayne Pivac said: “We are very disappointed with him leaving the field the way he did with what was pretty much a cheap shot.”
It’s not the first time Tipuric will have battled with concussion, having been required to spend some time in hospital after a nasty injury in Wales’ Six Nations finale in 2016 after falling from a lineout.
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The flanker missed the final two months of the domestic season and Wales’ summer tour of New Zealand, but declared himself fit and ready to return in July that year.
“It wasn’t the nicest of injuries shall we say. It was a pretty difficult time for me, sitting in the house unable to do anything for about five weeks”, he said at the time.
“I’m not a good patient at the best of times. It’s nice to be able to get out and do stuff again instead of sitting, staring at walls.”
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