Experienced Wales centre Jonathan Davies has given Wales a major scare after injuring his ankle at the end of Wales’ 29-21 defeat to Australia in Cardiff.
Davies who earned his 65th cap today, suffered the injury from a re-start following replacement winger Hallam Amos’ try, in what was the the last move of an entertaining match, and had to leave the field on a buggy whilst being visibly in pain.
Speaking after the game, which saw his men suffer a thirteenth straight defeat at the hands of the Wallabies, Warren Gatland was clearly concerned about his star centre,
“He has an ankle injury which will be assessed, but it doesn’t look good” he told BBC Sport.
“It looks like an ankle injury at the moment, he’s just been strapped up, he’s on crutches”.
Before adding ominously:
“It doesn’t look brilliant but we’ll know probably in the next 24 hours how it is”.
If Davies, who was man of the series for the Lions during the summer, were to be ruled out of the rest of the series, it would represent a huge blow for Gatland, with the Scarlets centre being one of Wales’ key men.
The news of Davies’ injury capped off a disappointing day for Gatland who was leading Wales for the first time in eighteen months, as he saw his team outscored by four tries to two by a clinical Australian team, with hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, Adam Coleman, Michael Hooper and Kurtley Beale touching down for the Aussies.
But there were positives for the New Zealander as his side showed plenty of attacking intent and endeavour, evidence that they are indeed trying to play a more expansive, ball in hand game.
They scored two good tries through impressive young winger Steff Evans and the man who replaced him, Dragons winger Hallam Amos.
But they showed a lack of composure in attack – making errors at key moments and were simply not clinical enough.
Wales host Georgia next weekend before taking on the All Blacks the following week, before finishing the series against South Africa.
Gatland will be hoping that come the New Zealand game, he will be able to call on his talismanic centre’s services.