Rugby player stretchered off after nasty clash
Caloundra Lighthouses forward Joel McCarron has been cleared of any long-term injuries following a nasty in-game collision which put him in the back seat of an ambulance.
McCarron was stretchered off in the Lighthouses' upset defeat to the Maroochydore Swans at the weekend.
The game was reportedly stopped for about 30 minutes when he was injured.
Lighthouses coach Geoff Ingram said the loosehead prop had "pulled up well" days on and had been cleared from any major issues.
"They checked him for concussion and spinal injuries and he was cleared the other night which is really good," Ingram said.
"I think he had some dizzy spells from the knock.
"He might miss a week or two but we will judge that week by week."
Saturday's clash at Cotton Tree was fly half Raa Wilson's first start for the Lighthouses since switching from USC Barbarians.
Ingram said the playmaker would provide a quality backup to injured regular Mac Burgess who was on the sidelines with an ongoing back issue.
Maroochydore "touched up" the Lighthouses 44-17 in a game which Ingram said blew the competition wide open.
"They were the best team we've played this year," Ingram said of the Swans.
"We were a bit soft but they were looking good.
He said the Swans had been tough for the past few years but one dimensional.
"They showed on the weekend they have more options and variations, spreading the ball and carrying it hard," he said.
"All four finals teams who make it will be close."
The defeat was Caloundra's second loss of the season while the Swans leapfrogged Wynnum into the top four.