NSW Blues lock Isaah Yeo has shockingly been cleared to stay on the field, despite being on the wrong end of a heavy collision in the very first tackle of the State of Origin opener.
Yeo was bundled over by Maroons prop Josh Papalii, and looked visibly dazed as he stumbled away in the seconds after the incident.
Commentators on Channel Nine were quick to spot Yeo, but reports came in minutes later from Paul Gallen on the sideline that he had been cleared to stay on.
The first hit of Origin. 💥
— NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) June 8, 2022
First test for the independent concussion docs with Yeo, surprised we haven’t seen follow up replays #Origin
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) June 8, 2022
“If the independent doctor doesn’t see Isaah Yeo, I don’t know what they’re doing,” Ryan Girdler on the early concern for Isaah Yeo.
— Triple M NRL (@TripleM_NRL) June 8, 2022
Why hasn’t Isaah Yeo been taken off for HIA yet??? #StateofOrigin
— Michael Atkinson (@kinson88) June 8, 2022
Players stumbling to their feet has usually been an automatic HIA in club level, leaving many fans and experts confused regarding his status.
Yeo was allowed to stay on due to only showing ‘category three’ concussion symptoms and passing his on-field test.
KO’D: NRL saying Isaah Yeo only displayed CATEGORY THREE concussion symptoms. Don’t ask me what that means. Thought he was a goner early
— christian nicolussi (@mrchrisnico) June 8, 2022
The 27-year-old told Channel Nine after the game that he was fine despite the collision.
“Yeah no dramas, I remember everything,” he said.
“I’ve had head knocks before and usually you can’t remember anything.
“It was just heavy contact, I’m all good.”
NSW opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Jack Wighton, before Dane Gagai hit back before half-time.