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Jonathan Davies injury 'doesn't look brilliant', says Gatland

Jonathan Davies is hurt in a tackle during Wales’ loss to Australia

Wales face an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury to Jonathan Davies after the British and Irish Lions centre was hurt in the closing stages of Saturday’s home defeat to Australia.

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Davies left the field at the Principality Stadium on a medical cart, having been left in clear pain when he appeared to go over on his ankle.

After the match, Wales coach Warren Gatland acknowledged there was concern over the 29-year-old Scarlets back.

Gatland was quoted by WalesOnline as saying: “It looks like an ankle injury at the moment. He’s being strapped up and on crutches.

“It doesn’t look brilliant but we’ll know more in the next 24 hours.”

A key member of Wales’ squad, Davies was one of the Lions’ leading performers on this year’s tour of New Zealand.

Wales, who went down 29-21 to Australia, face Georgia next weekend before rounding off the year with high-profile clashes against the All Blacks and South Africa.

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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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