Scary moment from NRL drubbing

The NRL’s injury crisis has dominated discussions once again on Saturday afternoon, with five players leaving the field injured in the first half of the Sharks vs Cowboys game in Kogarah.

In the first half alone, Josh Dugan, Justin O’Neill, Murray Taulagi and Jordan McLean left the field for HIAs, with only McLean able to return.

Watch The 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership Live & On-Demand with No Ad-Breaks During Play. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >

Dugan and O’Neill were victims of a nasty head clash in the 22nd minute, which left Dugan bleeding from the head.

Murray Taulagi followed shortly before halftime, with medical staff confirming he would play no further part in the game.

Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo sustained a leg injury which also forced him from the field.

Josh Dugan’s horrific injury.Source:Getty Images

At halftime, footy fans and experts were left lamenting the physical toll of the modern game.

“I have legit never enjoyed the footy less and that includes the two years my team were kicked out of the comp. Blow out after blow out, injury after injury,” tweeted podcaster Matt Bungard.

After the staggering amount of injuries sustained in last week’s games, the ARLC approved a new rule which will allow teams to substitute injured players off for an 18th man.

The 18th man is able to enter the contest when three team members fail HIAs, but must be an “emerging player”. The rule will come into effect in round five.

Saturday afternoon’s game began as an arm wrestle, but the floodgates well and truly opened for the Sharks midway through the first stanza. John Morris’s men ran in six tries during the first half and headed into the break with a 36-6 lead.

Source: Read Full Article