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Schmidt Confident Sexton Will “Bounce Back” Quickly After Failing HIA

Johnny Sexton Joe Schmidt

Sean McMahon reporting from Murrayfield 

Joe Schmidt in his post-match press conference confirmed that Johnny Sexton failed a HIA during Ireland’s 22-13 win over Scotland in Edinburgh this afternoon. 

The Ireland out-half only lasted 24 minutes of Saturday’s encounter until he was replaced by Munster’s Joey Carbery.

As has become the norm, Sexton was on the receiving end of some pretty big hits from the opposition.

In the build-up to Jacob Stockdale’s try on 17 minutes, Sexton brought play right to the line before releasing the Ireland winger with a telling flat pass. Immediately after the point of release, Sexton was clattered by Allan Dell and Schmidt revealed post-match that the 33-year-old “hit the ground quite hard.”

“Yeah, Johnny failed a HIA. In the lead up to our second try, he hit the ground quite hard.

“He’s pretty good now so we’re confident he’ll be able to bounce back pretty quickly. We’re always going to err on the side of caution because we want to look after people.”

Johnny Sexton Joe Schmidt

Schmidt confirmed that the build-up to Stockdale’s try was the first knock he received before suffering from another one in the next seven minutes at which stage he was replaced by Carbery.

“I think that was the first knock and then he got another one after that. It was a little bit cumulative.”

With the Six Nations not returning until the weekend after next, Schmidt will hope to have his first-choice out-half ready for their trip to Italy.

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