NRL set to investigate Melbourne over three separate HIA incidents

NRL set to investigate Melbourne over three separate HIA incidents

WRITTEN BY LIAM O’LOUGHLIN

Melbourne Storm’s win over the Sydney Roosters on Friday night may come at a cost, with the NRL set to investigate a string of HIA incidents in the clash.

Ryan Papenhuyzen, Cameron Munster and Harry Grant were all subject to some brutal incidents, with concerns raised over the club’s dealings with them.

Papenhuyzen was left motionless on the ground after a nasty collision early in the game, but stayed on the field for another two minutes before leaving the field.

Obvious concussion concerns for Ryan Papenhuyzen after direct blow to jaw, but secondary to this is impact injury to point of shoulder (more for AC joint sprain/burner, hope no collarbone fracture). Currently off for a HIA #NRLStormRoosters pic.twitter.com/4rhAlqmn2R

— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) April 16, 2021

He eventually passed his HIA and returned to the field for the remainder of the game, despite an injury to his shoulder and neck stemming from the same incident.

Munster’s incident left Roosters boss Trent Robinson ‘confused’ after the game, with the five-eighth leaving the field for a minute before returning, while Victor Radley was sin-binned for a high shot.

But it was Grant’s head knock that left legendary halfback Johnathan Thurston frustrated, as he questioned the NRL on Channel Nine’s post-game coverage.

“I want to mention the head knock that he got," he said.

"From my understanding, the rules are if you lie motionless on the ground – which he is motionless – don’t you have to come off straight away?

"He stayed out there another 10 minutes, scores a try and was crucial in that period after the head knock as well.

"If the game wants to take the head knock serious, this is what we need to get out of the game.

“Again, he was so damaging after this one and he shouldn’t have been on the field.”

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the incidents will be investigated by the NRL, with Andrew Abdo confirming they will look into it.

“Our CMO will check all the angles and footage and see if there were any markers requiring a mandatory HIA,” he said.

NRL Physio explained the rules regarding HIA protocols in games, after many fans were left confused by the Papenhuyzen and Grant incidents.

For those asking about Category 1/2 symptoms, a list below.
Category 1 - automatically ruled out for the game
Category 2 - should be removed from the field for a HIA
Also these are not isolated to the NRL. Used across most sports pic.twitter.com/jzBfJpWCNI

— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) April 16, 2021

The HIA incidents aren’t the only drama coming out of the game either.

Roosters props Sio Siua Taukeiaho (ribs) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (shoulder) were both injured, while Radley is likely facing suspension for the shot on Munster.

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This will be interesting, they came down hard on the Dogs over a HIA incident.

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Very interesting. What are the odds the NRL will have a change of heart?

Remember when the NRL threatened to strip clubs of premiership points if they breached the HIA rule.

I find Thurston’s reasoning odd. He’s upset that Grant scored a try when he should have been off the field rather than was exposed to suffering a second concussion. So he is upset that foul play was not rewarded?

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Love that they are more concerned about the Storm apparently being wrong than the reckless tackle on Munster that caused it

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He is being indoctrinated into the Roosters fan club at 9

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Ha…its the only way to make sure club’s stick to the rules. Will never happen though.