Clermont Auvergne scrum-half Morgan Parra was controversially allowed to return to the field after apparently being knocked unconscious whilst trying to tackle Northampton centre, Luther Burrell.
With his head in the wrong place as he makes the tackle, Burrell’s knee catches him in the side of the head in a sickening blow. Going down heavily, the 28-year-old lies motionless for a few moments as referee Ben Whitehouse quickly stops play in a worrying incident.
Parra brought back on despite referee stating he was unconscious.
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Quickly beckoning the medics on, he tells them that Parra is unconscious. The 66-times capped French back is then taken off the field for a HIA, which he surprisingly passes and returns to the fray shortly after suffering the heavy blow.
Although Parra passed the HIA, the player should have been removed permanently from the field of play, immediately and the issue of passing a HIA should never have arisen.
And he stayed on for the rest of the game, as the reigning Top 14 Champions earned a 24-7 win over the Saints in a bruising and controversial encounter which saw Clermont and France fly-half Camille Lopez break his leg, and Northampton have an apparently legitimate try disallowed.
While replays showed that Northampton’s only try shouldn’t have stood, as Christian Day’s foot was out of play shortly before he touched down.
The win makes it two out of two for Clermont after their away win against the Ospreys last weekend and it means that they sit second in Pool 2 with Saracens leading the way after their narrow win over the Ospreys.