Wales unhappy with star Leigh Halfpenny a doubt for clash against Tonga after full-back suffered a concussion in Australia win
- Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny suffered a concussion against Australia
- Assistant coach Neil Jenkins admits he is now doubtful for the Tonga game
- He went down in the 74th minute under a tackle from Australia’s Samu Kerevi
Will Kelleher For Mailonline
Wales are dismayed at the Australian tackle that left Leigh Halfpenny concussed and now a doubt for the Tonga match.
Samu Kerevi, the Wallabies centre, hit the Welsh full-back late in Saturday’s match which Wales won 9-6.
The tackle was deemed an accidental collision by referee Ben O’Keeffe on the day, which angered many Welsh fans inside the Principality Stadium.
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny suffered a concussion against Australia on Saturday
Halfpenny went down in the 74th minute under a tackle from Australia centre Samu Kerevi
Halfpenny failed a head injury assessment and is now facing a race against time to be fit for the Tonga match, as he looks to complete the return-to-play protocols.
Kerevi was not cited for the late hit and Wales kicking coach Neil Jenkins was still not happy with the tackle on Monday.
‘It’s unbelievable that’s not a penalty,’ Jenkins said. ‘I’m not quite sure what the rules are stating at this moment in time but Halfers doesn’t go down lightly, he’s a tough old player.
‘For him to go down and suffer a HIA, there’s certainly some sort of head contact but the ref didn’t think so on the day.
‘We’ve got to get on with it. He’ll go through his protocols and see where he’s at later in the week.’
The Welshman left the field to undertake HIA protocols and could now miss the Tonga game
Meanwhile George North is recovering from a dead leg sustained in the match, but tight-head prop Samson Lee has been ruled out of the entire Under Armour series.
He has not be able to shake a hamstring injury so has returned to the Scarlets for further treatment.
‘It’s unfortunate for Samson,’ Jenkins added. ‘He’s an outstanding rugby player and he’s suffered a few injuries.’
Wales have never completed an autumn clean sweep and will make changes for the Tonga match, before restoring the top players for the South Africa Test in a fortnight.