Hurricanes' Conrad Smith likely to face Reds

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 14:53 25/02/2013

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Conrad Smith is a step closer to playing in this Friday's Super Rugby match against the Reds in Brisbane after passing a psychometric concussion test this morning.

The Hurricanes captain left the field late in the 34-20 loss to the Blues on Saturday after he failed the pitch side concussion test introduced to Super Rugby this season.

Smith was not available to discuss his situation today, leaving Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett to face the music.

Hammett said Smith had passed a psychometric test but more tests would follow before his talisman was cleared to fly.

Smith will have a run later today and if he remained symptom free after that (no headaches) then he would gradually return to physical contact training.

''He's passed his concussion test, from there he will do a physical test and if he gets through that he will be all clear,'' Hammett said.

''He's in pretty good shape, he's in pretty good spirits this morning.''

Hammett would not go as far as confirming Smith was concussed in his 70th minute collision with Rene Ranger.

''I don't know if he was concussed,''Hammett said.

''He got a knock, but he felt fine. He felt fine straight after the game when I was talking to him, but that doesn't always determine how bad a concussion is.''

Smith has a history of bangs to the head, though not all are concussion related. The most alarming was a black out during 2010 while in 2011 he suffered a badly broken nose and last year a detached retina. 

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