Vince stars as Crows smash Eagles
Sat July 21, 2012 8:44pm
ADELAIDE looks set to lose star forward Kurt Tippett for at least one game after he suffered his third concussion in a month in the Crows' 49-point win over West Coast in Adelaide.
The injury soured Adelaide's impressive performance, with Bernie Vince kicking four goals in his 100th game as the Crows won 19.10 (124) to 11.9 (75).
Tippett went down in a clash of heads with Beau Waters at the 22-minute mark of the second term.
He warmed up after the halftime break and returned to the bench, but was subbed out of the game midway through the third term without taking to the field.
Tippett had only just come back to the side after missing Adelaide's win over Greater Western Sydney last weekend because of his second head knock of the season.
Taylor Walker will be back next round after his suspension, but concerns are now growing over Tippett's welfare by the club that last year lost utility Scott Stevens to retirement after multiple knocks.
Coach Brenton Sanderson said he did not think the incident looked too bad, but the club would take no chances.
He said he would be guided by the opinions of his medical team and would probably get some external advice.
"If he's not right to play, then he won't play - it's as simple as that," Sanderson said.
"Kurt's had no concussions in his life and then he has three in four weeks.
"It's hard to know why, it's just unlucky."
With four goals and 25 possessions, Vince was the standout for the Crows who stunned the Eagles with a six goals to one opening quarter for a 33-point lead at the first break.
But there was plenty of support from the likes of Rory Sloane, Patrick Dangerfield and Scott Thompson.
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