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Cameron Munster SLAMS Blues for not checking Isaah Yeo for concussion after head clash in tackle

‘It makes me sick’: Cameron Munster SLAMS Blues for failing to check Isaah Yeo for concussion after being hammered into a tackle, accusing team of putting him at risk of dementia

Cameron Munster has scathingly criticized the New South Wales medical team, saying he was sickened by their handling of Isaah Yeo’s main conflict in the state of origin opener.

The Blues backrower rang his bell in the opening set on Wednesday night when he collided with Queensland prop Josh Papalii, who made the first carry of the match.

Yeo stumbled back after the impact, looking visibly unsteady on his feet, but was not withdrawn from the field to undergo a head injury assessment.

Isaah Yeo (right) had to be helped by teammate Tariq Sims after tackling Josh Papalii

Isaah Yeo (right) had to be helped by teammate Tariq Sims after tackling Josh Papalii

Munster, whose outstanding performance inspired the Maroons to a 16-10 win at Sydney’s Accor Stadium, said the sight of a stumbling Yeo was deeply concerning and should have no place in the modern game.

‘I would defect. Then he started tripping and went back to the line,” the Melbourne Storm five-eight told the Daily Telegraph.

“It wasn’t rocket science. You could see he was unwell.

The Blues backrower looked visibly worse for wear and stumbled across the field

The Blues backrower looked visibly worse for wear and stumbled across the field

Sims had to step in to help him back into position, but Yeo was not withdrawn from the field for a head injury assessment

Sims had to step in to help him back into position, but Yeo was not withdrawn from the field for a head injury assessment

‘It makes me sick. Someone has to raise their hand and take responsibility for it – it’s not on. We’ve been talking about it and the well-being of our players for years and years.

“It’s not ideal, but in the end it’s someone’s life. You don’t want him to get old and demented.’

Munster had to undergo an HIA in Game II of the 2020 series and insisted that while massive collisions were an essential part of Origin footy, the risk of serious head injury must be addressed.

“Somebody has to take a stand on it,” he added. “I know he’s an integral part of their team and they didn’t want to lose him, but that’s what happens in footy.”

Cameron Munster said he was sick of NSW's decision to let Yeo on the field

Cameron Munster said he was sick of NSW’s decision to let Yeo on the field

After the game, Yeo, who came within inches of scoring a late try that would have seen New South Wales score, spoke up insisting he never lost consciousness.

The doctor in the bunker deemed the impact a Category 3 and passed the information on to Blues officials, allowing trainer Travis Touma to clear the Penrith captain’s squad.

Bluesteam doctor Nathan Gibbs said after the game that he had not seen Yeo stumble and that the bunker had produced no footage of the 27-year-old trying to stay on his feet.

Graham Annesley, the NRL’s head of football, authorized Gibbs and his team to handle the incident.

The Penrith captain had a late chance to become a hero for the Blues on Wednesday night

The Penrith captain had a late chance to become a hero for the Blues on Wednesday night

But he was stopped just inches from the try-line as Queensland sealed a 16-10 win

But he was stopped just inches from the try-line as Queensland sealed a 16-10 win

As usual after any game, the incident was discussed this morning with the NRL Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharron Flahive,” Annesley said Thursday.

“While there were indicators that could have supported a Category 2 assessment, the decision to have the team’s medical trainer perform an on-field check showed no signs that an HIA was needed off the field.

This decision was supported after further review by the NSW team’s medical officer, Dr. Nathan Gibbs, at half time and again on full time, with the player showing no signs of concussion.”

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