Phil Gould has questioned Souths’ use of a HIA interchange on Cameron Murray when he appeared to limp from the field.
NRL guru Phil Gould has questioned South Sydney’s use of a HIA interchange on Cameron Murray when the youngster appeared to limp from the field with an apparent leg injury.
Murray had a hefty collision with the hip of Hudson Young in his side’s clash with Canberra. He appeared to be somewhat wobbly but remained on the park.
Minutes later, a trainer was seen beside Murray motioning to the sidelines to eventually send the forward for a HIA.
But when Murray appeared to limp from the field, it raised eyebrows.
“He’s limping too,” Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns said in commentary when Murray was being taken for assessment.
NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler interjected: “Well, most clubs do that. He’ll try to go in with the HIA early so they can get a free interchange. It might be a HIA, so let’s not doubt the Rabbits yet.”
Souths were given the free substitution, and it would get more contentious when Murray returned from his assessment and took to the field.
He lasted all but a couple of minutes, before motioning to the sideline and limping off once more.
“So, Cameron Murray is back on the bench now is he?” Gould said in commentary.
“With a leg injury? That’s the leg injury he went off for a HIA with.”
Prominent NRL figure, The NRL Physio, pointed out on Twitter that Murray had in fact injured his ankle simultaneously in the initial collision with Young. But it is unclear how severe the head knock was.
Nine’s sideline reporter Danika Mason revealed Murray had sustained an ankle sprain.
The issue of HIA interchanges has been in the NRL spotlight of late, with a host of big-name teams rubbing fans and pundits the wrong way for their interpretation of the rule.