Morning all. Last night I witnessed one of the best first halves Ulster have ever played. The game was allowed to flow and Nigel 'the Ref' Owens was overall excellent. (Missed a few high tackles, but none serious!) The second half was strewn with broken bodies. Sadly the mobile stretcher brought on twice. The second of these was for Michael Allen. The ex-Ulster winger got in a tangle with Stuart McCloskey and was down almost immediately. After the initial on field treatment the stretcher was called for. He was put on Oxygen straight away and looked severely dazed. Warmly applauded by the Ulster faithful. We never forget. Edinburgh had already used their entire bench. Michael Allen was one of those replacements. The time on the clock was 70 mins. Now this is where I got confused. A HIA assessment allows for a new/used player on to the pitch whilst the HIA happens upto a period of 10 mins. No doctor, referee, player, ex-player, blogger or fan would have said he was fine to continue. Phil Burleigh came back on to see out the game. In the spirit of fair play I understand but in the spirit of competition should the change been allowed?
I wish Frasier MacKenzie and Michael Allen speedy recoveries. To see players leaving the field in that manner is never what any fan wants to see.