Smith regains poise after wobbly moment against Blues

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 05:00 28/02/2013
Conrad Smith
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NO CONCUSSION PROBLEMS: Conrad Smith will suit up against the Reds this weekend after denying he suffered concussion against the Blues.

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Conrad Smith has regained his balance and his perspective as he recovers from his head knock against the Blues.

The Hurricanes centre revealed yesterday he had failed the pitch-side concussion test after wobbling on his sprigs on the concrete in the player's entrance at Westpac Stadium.

And, although he had not felt concussed and had correctly answered five basic questions and had been keen to return to the field, the 31-year-old said he had no problem with the medical staff erring on the side of caution.

However, Smith fended off talk that he might be on the way out when it comes to top-level rugby.

He clarified reports he would miss the All Blacks' end-of-year tour, saying he had yet to decide whether to activate a sabbatical clause in his contract this season.

"It's just an option there. When I re-signed midway through last year with a view to the future it was pretty much me saying to them [New Zealand Rugby Union] that playing the full calendar year was going to be tough," he said. "I probably wouldn't last to another World Cup if I had to do that for another three years.

"There's an option there for me to take some time out from the game just to keep me fresh, but I don't need to decide that in the immediate future."

Smith said he was feeling no ill effects after being "stunned" twice during the loss to the Blues - during front-on tackles on George Moala and Rene Ranger.

He joked the worst thing about the incidents was that both led to Blues tries.

On a more serious note Smith wants his team-mates to show more patience against the Reds.

"If you don't score straight away there's nothing wrong with taking the tackle and resetting."

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