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Titans, Knights to defend head knock fines
21 Mar 2017
Gold Coast coach Neil Henry has defended the NRL club's medical staff after being fined for breaching concussion protocols.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has joined Gold Coast counterpart Neil Henry in indicating both clubs will defend their handling of concussions after being fined this week by the NRL.

The Titans were the first on Tuesday to signal their intention to prove they had acted appropriately in head knocks to Kane Elgey, Joe Greenwood and Ryan Simpkins in round three.

Simpkins, in particular, had shown signs of balance disturbance from a second-half collision but was cleared to return after undergoing a head-injury assessment.

The NRL fined the club $150,000 over the three incidents.

"They have a review process where you can state your case against the breach notices and we'll do that and wait and see what the outcomes are," Titans coach Henry said.

"I will say that I'm very confident in the ability of our medical team to get decisions right around player welfare.

"At no stage did we feel that we were deliberately keeping a player on field that would put him in danger. I'll leave it at that.

"We'll need to write a detailed report on each of those incidents and see what the NRL says."

Knights coach Brown also hinted his club would seek to show how it had followed the game's new protocols over a concussion to fullback Brendan Elliot.

The former Sydney Roosters' flyer didn't even get tested, despite being floored by a high shot from South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt that resulted in a four-game ban.

The governing body slugged Newcastle with a $100,000 fine, however Brown insisted the club boasted some of the best concussion minds in the business on their staff.

"We're one of a few clubs that have Dr Andrew Gardner and Dr Chris Levi, who have their own concussion clinic which is separate to the club, that all the players go and see if they fail tests," Brown told reporters on Tuesday.

"Dr Levi is a world leader in the field. Anybody that doesn't think we support it, I'd be disappointed. Tony Ayoub has 30 years' experience, he's made a judgement call and, as the head coach, we support our staff.

"We'll go through the process with the NRL now and see what the outcome is."

St George Illawarra chose not to comment after receiving a breach notice on Tuesday morning.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire also weighed into the debate on Tuesday, saying the concussion laws were made clear despite changes being made regularly.

The NRL this year introduced new "slow to stand" protocols, forcing players to undergo mandatory head-injury assessments should they take more than 10 seconds to get up.

"It's a moving beast, understanding what concussion is all about," Maguire said.

"But it's pretty straightforward in the rules now (in terms of) what you need to do with a player when he does get a knock. You've just got to take him off."


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Last Game: The Knights won against the South Sydney 42 - 28 at Energy Australia Stadium, Australia (5066 days ago)  game results here
 Newcastle Knights Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 14 
    Away Wins 16 
 Home Games 12 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 61 
 Total Goals: 59 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 782 
 Total Points Against: 639 
 Leagues the Newcastle Knights are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Adam MacDougall, Andrew Johns, Anothony Quinn, Ben Kennedy, Bill Peden, Clinton Newton, Clinton O'Brien, Daniel Abraham, Danny Buderus, Jarrod O'Doherty, John Morris, Josh Perry, Mark Hughes, Matt Parsons, Matthew Gidley, Robbie O'Davis, Sean Rudder, Steve Simpson, Timana Tahu,

 Players in 2001
Ben Donaldson, Darren Albert, Glen Grief, James Wynne, Julian Bailey, Justin Ryder, Kurt Gidley, Matthew Jobson, Paul Marquet, Troy Fletcher,

 Players in 2000
Ben McDougall, David Fairleigh, Lenny Beckett, Matthew Johns, Peter Shiels, Tony Butterfield,

 Players in 1999
Brock Mueller, Jason Moodie, Justin Holbrook, Owen Craigie, P Rauhihi, Paul Harragon, Scott Conley, Steve Walters,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Newcastle 42
South Sydney 28


Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Melbourne 46
Newcastle 6


Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 34
Wests Tigers 6


Sunday, 20 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 32
Sharks 24


Friday, 11 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 12
Canterbury 6


Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 44
Melbourne 28


Friday, 28 Mar, 2003
Parramatta 30
Newcastle 12


Friday, 21 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 14
Newcastle 10


Sunday, 16 Mar, 2003
Newcastle 36
Warriors 26


Sunday, 22 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 38
Newcastle 12


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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