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Congratulations to both the Chiefs and Crusaders for their safety-first approach to players with head knocks in their battle in Round 10.
After 30 minutes, Kieran Read, unarguably the Crusaders' most influential player, was clattered to the jaw and clearly concussed. Having failed the pitch-side concussion test, that was his evening over.
When the Chiefs' Liam Squire was then on the wrong end of a heavy hit and struggled to get to his feet, his coaching staff didn't even wait for the result of a pitch-side assessment before taking him off.
They also acted with caution over Tawera Kerr-Barlow, who passed a concussion test after half-time but was still replaced just in case.
High-profile players being treated this way is an encouraging sign that this growing issue is being taken seriously at the top level. This columnist echoes the sentiments of the New Zealand Herald's Gregor Paul, who wrote:
Actions haven't always supported words when it comes to the management of players with head knocks, but on Saturday both coaching teams made decisions that illustrated their conviction there are no shades of grey when it comes to concussion.