Monday, September 17, 2007
After the Welsh captain took Berrick Barnes out late with a hard hit, Aussie skipper Stirling Mortlock clearly had one thing on his mind. And as you can see in this clip, he executed it.
Revenge was the order of the day, and in the 22 min Thomas got hit hard by the bulky Wallaby center. The hit was fractionally late, but perfectly legal, if that makes sense. In other words, he was commited. Nothing wrong.
It could be the last time we see Thomas playing though unfortunately, as he feels that this injury could put him out for 6 weeks, thus ruling him out of the rest of the tournament. And considering that his career will probably come to an end after the World Cup ends, it would leave him stranded on 99 caps and one short of fantastic milestone.
The results of the scan on the damaged rib cartilage aren't available yet, but Thomas is fearing the worst.
Thomas told the Daily Star: "I've had a similar injury before. My gut feeling is that I'm out for six weeks.
"Waiting for confirmation is going to kill me but I think I already know the outcome.
"I'd never retire but, if I'm honest, they should be planning for the next World Cup so they shouldn't pick me."