State of Origin: NSW lock Isaah Yeo cleared to stay on after heavy collision

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.

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. 

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. 

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