Smith fell awkwardly into a tackle after losing his footing on the surface, before being bent backward into a compromising position. His reaction gave no relief as he displayed his discomfort.
— Kiwitalian Golfer (@kiwitaliano) May 4, 2019
— Vinny Dela Puente (@VmacNZ) May 4, 2019
— James McOnie (@JamesMcOnie) May 4, 2019
Ohhh No please please let Ben Smith be ok for World Cup. #HIGvCHI
— Filiti D Toafa (@Filiti2) May 4, 2019
God I hope Ben Smith is alright, world's best fullback, don't want him to miss the World Cup #HIGvCHI
— Gethin Pearce (@GethinPearce) May 4, 2019
After the match head coach Aaron Mauger was aware of a cut to his chin in the collision with Jacobson but believed Smith suffered a hamstring strain.
“He’s got a hamstring strain, and also got a laceration on his chin, so he’s just getting stitched up at the moment,” a disappointed Mauger told RugbyPass.
“We’ll know a bit more in the next couple of days.”
The scare comes after dual first-five fullback Damian McKenzie ruptured his ACL a few weeks, ruling him out of the World Cup and leaving the All Blacks short on depth in two key positions. A serious injury to Smith would all but cause a crisis for the team at fullback, with Jordie Barrett, David Havili and even Will Jordan firming to be starting options.
Ben Smith interview ahead of Chiefs:
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