By DelCarmeL@sundaytimes.co.za (Liam Del Carme)
All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett admits he momentarily feared the worst after he landed on his neck and shoulders as a result of an aerial clash with Kurt-Lee Arendse in last weekend’s Test at Mbombela Stadium.
Barrett, who received lengthy treatment on the field after his awkward fall that saw Arendse red-carded in the 75th minute, said “relief is an understatement” when he realised that no lasting damage was done.
The collision happened at breakneck speed, with both players contesting the ball, though Arendse was in no realistic position to win possession.
“It was quite a big collision and I did think of the worst instantly,” said Barrett. “Especially, when I was on the ground and was told to keep still. It was only when Doc came on and asked ‘can you move your fingers, your toes’. I was relieved I passed all those tests. Eventually I was able to sit up and walk off but there was a fearful period there for a minute,” Barrett admitted.