Signs that Conrad Smith will be fit for Reds

 Rey Lee-Lo of the Hurricanes fends Tamati Ellison of the Highlanders off during their round 19 Super Rugby match.
Rey Lee-Lo of the Hurricanes fends Tamati Ellison of the Highlanders off during their round 19 Super Rugby match.
TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes passes during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes passes during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Victor Vito of the Hurricanes makes a break during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Victor Vito of the Hurricanes makes a break during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Julian Savea of the Hurricanes runs the ball during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Julian Savea of the Hurricanes runs the ball during the round 19 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.
Jeremy Thrush climbs high to win a lineout against the Chiefs.
Jeremy Thrush climbs high to win a lineout against the Chiefs.
Beaudeb Barrett gets a pass away against the Chiefs.
Beaudeb Barrett gets a pass away against the Chiefs.
TJ Perenara dots down for the Hurricanes while Chiefs captain Craig Clarke protests.
TJ Perenara dots down for the Hurricanes while Chiefs captain Craig Clarke protests.
The Hurricanes wait on Waikato Stadium for their opponents the Chiefs.
The Hurricanes wait on Waikato Stadium for their opponents the Chiefs.
Faifili Levave of the Hurricanes makes little ground against the Brumbies' defence during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash.
Faifili Levave of the Hurricanes makes little ground against the Brumbies' defence during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash.
Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes runs the ball against the Brumbies in Canberra.
Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes runs the ball against the Brumbies in Canberra.
Hurricanes prop Ben Franks tackles Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Canberra.
Hurricanes prop Ben Franks tackles Peter Kimlin of the Brumbies during their Round 16 Super Rugby clash in Canberra.
Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is swamped by the Hurricanes' defence.
Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is swamped by the Hurricanes' defence.
Hurricanes players (left) lament their loss to the Chiefs.
Hurricanes players (left) lament their loss to the Chiefs.
Ray Lee-Lo is tackled Pauliasi Manu of the Chiefs.
Ray Lee-Lo is tackled Pauliasi Manu of the Chiefs.
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen makes a break against the Chiefs.
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen makes a break against the Chiefs.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett lays down the law to his players ahead of the clash with the Chiefs.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett lays down the law to his players ahead of the clash with the Chiefs.
Beauden Barrett makes a pass as the Hurricanes beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Beauden Barrett makes a pass as the Hurricanes beat the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Stand-in captain and try-scorer Victor Vito in action against the Cheetahs.
Stand-in captain and try-scorer Victor Vito in action against the Cheetahs.
Tim Bateman offloads during the Hurricanes win over the Cheetahs.
Tim Bateman offloads during the Hurricanes win over the Cheetahs.
Try-scorer TJ Perenara makes a break against the Cheetahs.
Try-scorer TJ Perenara makes a break against the Cheetahs.
Ben May charges ahead against the Bulls in Pretoria.
Ben May charges ahead against the Bulls in Pretoria.
Andre Taylor is wrapped up in the tackle.
Andre Taylor is wrapped up in the tackle.
TJ Perenara spins the ball wide.
TJ Perenara spins the ball wide.
Victor Vito (No 8) crunches Bulls opposite number Pierre Spies in a tackle.
Victor Vito (No 8) crunches Bulls opposite number Pierre Spies in a tackle.
Victor Vito prepares for a tackle during the Hurricanes loss to the Stormers in Palmerston North.
Victor Vito prepares for a tackle during the Hurricanes loss to the Stormers in Palmerston North.
Matt Proctor scores on debut against the Stormers.
Matt Proctor scores on debut against the Stormers.
Tusi Pisi tries to break through a Stormers tackle.
Tusi Pisi tries to break through a Stormers tackle.
TJ Perenara gets the offload away.
TJ Perenara gets the offload away.
Alapati Leiua in action against the Stormers.
Alapati Leiua in action against the Stormers.
Jeremy Thrush (No 4) celebrates the victory over the Force at the final whistle.
Jeremy Thrush (No 4) celebrates the victory over the Force at the final whistle.
Julian Savea on the charge against the Western Force.
Julian Savea on the charge against the Western Force.
Andre Taylor takes on the Force defence.
Andre Taylor takes on the Force defence.
Captain Hurricanes fires up the fans ahead of the home game against the Western Force.
Captain Hurricanes fires up the fans ahead of the home game against the Western Force.
A dejected Hurricanes outfit walks off the field after their loss to the Blues at Eden Park.
A dejected Hurricanes outfit walks off the field after their loss to the Blues at Eden Park.
Julian (L) and Ardie Savea share a moment during the game against the Blues.
Julian (L) and Ardie Savea share a moment during the game against the Blues.
Brad Shields tries to break through the Blues' defence.
Brad Shields tries to break through the Blues' defence.
Motu Matu'u prepares to charge through Chris Noakes of the Blues.
Motu Matu'u prepares to charge through Chris Noakes of the Blues.
Julian Savea breaks away for a try during the Hurricanes' win over the Waratahs.
Julian Savea breaks away for a try during the Hurricanes' win over the Waratahs.
TJ Perenara prepares to kick as the Hurricanes beat the Waratahs in Wellington.
TJ Perenara prepares to kick as the Hurricanes beat the Waratahs in Wellington.
Motu Matu'u dives over for a try against the Waratahs.
Motu Matu'u dives over for a try against the Waratahs.
Reggie Goodes looks for the offload as he is tackled by a Waratahs player.
Reggie Goodes looks for the offload as he is tackled by a Waratahs player.
Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Sekope Kepu in the Hurricanes clash with the Waratahs in Wellington.
Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Sekope Kepu in the Hurricanes clash with the Waratahs in Wellington.
Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes is tackled by Pat McCutcheon, left, and Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs during their round eight clash in Wellington.
Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes is tackled by Pat McCutcheon, left, and Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs during their round eight clash in Wellington.
All Blacks wing Julian Savea is tackled by Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs.
All Blacks wing Julian Savea is tackled by Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs.
Ardie Savea gets a real taste of Super Rugby against the Waratahs.
Ardie Savea gets a real taste of Super Rugby against the Waratahs.
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes beats the tackle of Sergeal Petersen of the Kings to score a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes beats the tackle of Sergeal Petersen of the Kings to score a try during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Ben May of the Hurricanes tussles with David Bulbring of the Kings in a maul during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Ben May of the Hurricanes tussles with David Bulbring of the Kings in a maul during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Wimpie van der Walt of the Kings during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Jeremy Thrush of the Hurricanes is tackled by Wimpie van der Walt of the Kings during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Kings.
Ben May scores scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
Ben May scores scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
Alapati Leiua scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
Alapati Leiua scores for the Hurricanes during their victory over the Southern Kings in Wellington.
TJ Perenara tries to break through the Highlanders' tackle during his sides round five win.
TJ Perenara tries to break through the Highlanders' tackle during his sides round five win.
Tusi Pisi makes a break for the Hurricanes during their win over the Highlanders.
Tusi Pisi makes a break for the Hurricanes during their win over the Highlanders.
Beauden Barrett offloads to a teammate during the Hurricanes' win over the Highlanders.
Beauden Barrett offloads to a teammate during the Hurricanes' win over the Highlanders.
Conrad Smith (left) and James Marshall celebrate after the Hurricanes one-point win over the Crusaders.
Conrad Smith (left) and James Marshall celebrate after the Hurricanes one-point win over the Crusaders.
TJ Perenara is taken in a tackle by a Crusaders player.
TJ Perenara is taken in a tackle by a Crusaders player.
Chris Smylie flings the ball wide for the Hurricanes.
Chris Smylie flings the ball wide for the Hurricanes.
Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Dan Carter.
Julian Savea breaks the tackle of Dan Carter.
Conrad Smith (left) and Faifili Levave during the game against the Queensland Reds.
Conrad Smith (left) and Faifili Levave during the game against the Queensland Reds.
Julian Savea kicks ahead against the Queensland Reds.
Julian Savea kicks ahead against the Queensland Reds.
Andre Taylor attempts to make a tackle on a Queensland Reds player.
Andre Taylor attempts to make a tackle on a Queensland Reds player.
TJ Perenara gets a pass away against the Queensland Reds.
TJ Perenara gets a pass away against the Queensland Reds.
Julian Savea dives over for try during the Hurricanes opening loss to the Blues.
Julian Savea dives over for try during the Hurricanes opening loss to the Blues.
TJ Perenara gets caught in a tackle during the Hurricanes' Super Rugby opener against the Blues.
TJ Perenara gets caught in a tackle during the Hurricanes' Super Rugby opener against the Blues.
Jeremy Thrush brings down a lineout ball during the loss to the Blues.
Jeremy Thrush brings down a lineout ball during the loss to the Blues.
Hurricanes players stand dejected after losing to the Blues in their season opener.
Hurricanes players stand dejected after losing to the Blues in their season opener.

You be the judge whether Conrad Smith was concussed on Saturday night.

Smith failed the Pitch Side Concussion Assessment (PSCA) shortly after his 70th minute collision with Blues opposite Rene Ranger.

The five questions Smith was put through in the medical room in the company of the match doctor and Wellington team doctor Theo Dorfling and ultimately failed were:

ALL EYES ON SNAKEY: Conrad Smith failed a concussion test during the Super Rugby match with the Blues.
ALL EYES ON SNAKEY: Conrad Smith failed a concussion test during the Super Rugby match with the Blues.

(1) Where are you?

(2) Who are we playing?

(3) What's the score?

(4) Who did we play last week?

(5) Who won that match?

Smith bungled at least one of those, hopefully not No 1 or No 2.

The Hurricanes skipper had another media-free day yesterday, the reason being a pre-arranged commitment that coincided with the Hurricanes media window.

Coach Mark Hammett spoke positively of his charge's health but was unaware which question or questions Smith flunked.

Hammett said Smith had passed a computerised psychometric test yesterday morning and there was further good news for the team later in the day when he completed a non-contact session.

His next step is to report in without any headache-like symptoms this morning and provided he gets through a contact session later in the day he will fly with the team to Brisbane tomorrow for Friday's game against the Reds.

"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.

"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 blackout during 2010 while in 2011 he suffered a badly broken nose and last year a detached retina.

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