Jacob Kiraz pulled off for HIA, NRL’s concussion protocol, testing, Cameron Ciraldo reaction

Bulldogs rookie coach Cameron Ciraldo has joined the coaches’ chorus to question the NRL’s concussion policy after one of his players was controversially taken off the field during their clash with the Manly Sea Eagles.

Ciraldo’s post-game comments came before Ricky Stuart lashed out at the NRL and RLPA, claiming they “don’t trust coaches” after two of his players were pulled off the field.

Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett commented on the debate on Saturday.

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He called on the NRL to scrap the independent doctor after a controversial decision to pull Knights star Kalyn Ponga off the field late in the game against the Warriors for a head injury evaluation.

Knights coach Adam O’Brien also questioned the independent doctor’s use, while Ponga himself expressed frustration.

On Saturday, the independent doctor was back in the spotlight after Bulldogs winger Jason Kiraz was forced out of the game against the Sea Eagles in the 29th minute after a seemingly harmless collision with Manly’s second rower Kelma Tuilagi.

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Ciraldo said he did not see the kiraz knock but claimed he was unharmed.

“I was confused because I didn’t see him being knocked, but obviously someone picked it up,” he explained.

“We were in a good spot there, we had them on the line and I thought we looked pretty good.

“For this change and the confusion it caused to happen, we just didn’t handle it really well.

“I didn’t see the incident, he may have taken a hit to the head, but he (Kiraz) was clearly fine.

“It kind of made it difficult for us there but it is what it is, it’s the rules.”

Kiraz was able to get back into the game early in the second half.

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