Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mitchell Bounces Back to Leave His Cup Rivals Feeling Groggy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mitchell Bounces Back to Leave His Cup Rivals Feeling Groggy

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Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent

WASPS 18 RACING METRO 13 LACHLAN MITCHELL put in one of his best displays for London Wasps just a week after being carried off the pitch on a stretcher with his neck immobilised.

The full-back was taken by ambulance to Stoke Mandeville Hospital amid fears he had suffered a serious neck injury in last week's match against Northampton.

Tests revealed Mitchell had, instead, suffered concussion and he returned to action yesterday to help Wasps get their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign off to a winning start.

The 22-year-old found himself on the turf in the opening minute of the game as it appeared the first tackle he received had caused more damage, but he recovered to contribute to a significant victory against big-spending French club Racing Metro.

He said: "My first touch ended with me feeling sparko and I did think 'Oh, here we go again' but it was okay. I did feel dizzy for a short time and then it all cleared up."

Any player suffering concussion has to pass a series of tests before being allowed to return to action and Mitchell admitted he was surprised to face the French.

He said: "Against Northampton, I was conscious when they took me from the field but I had no real idea of where I was or what had happened. I had scans and then the results came back and my neck was given the all-clear.

"The sensations in my arms and legs made me feel more confident during the scans but, to be honest, I didn't really think I'd be playing so soon.

"It then came down to how I felt during the week at training and having to pass all the protocols. I was really glad they gave me the chance to play in this match. I had done well in the reaction tests and other things that you have to pass and then it was off to see a specialist who said I could play.

"There has been a lot of competition at full-back this season with Danny Cipriani playing there before his injury and now Mark van Gisbergen is fit to return. …

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