Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur remains hopeful Mitchell Moses will return for his side’s next finals match, but conceded the star halfback’s health “is the main priority”.
Midway through the second half, the Panthers were moving the ball on their left side and Kikau looked to make a strong run to break the Eels’ line.
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Moses, who had been making several tackles all night, made the brave call to go down low in an attempt to bring Kikau to the ground.
However, the Eels half-back’s head smacked against Kikau’s hip and was immediately knocked unconscious.
Thankfully, Arthur provided a posititve update on the 27-year-old in his press conference.
“Yeah, he’s alright, he’s in the sheds,” Arthur said.
“He said he remembers everything. He seemed alright.”
Given the dazed state of Moses on the ground after the shot, there were immediate concerns for his availability in the Eels’ next match.
However, Arthur believes the length between games is enough time for Moses to recover.
“His health is the main priority,” Arthur said.
“But we’ve got a seven day turnaround and he’s pretty important to us.”
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The incident made for painful viewing at the time, as Fox League commentator Andrew Voss was extremely concerned.
“Oh no, oh no,” Voss said.
“Moses put his body on the line, he made the tackle, and he is concussed at the same time.”
Fellow commentator Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach felt “that could be the game for Parra” given Moses’ vital importance to his team.
Voss added: “59th minute, Moses in all sorts of strife for Parra. He got his head down so low there. He was almost face down to the ground when he made the tackle. This is a big moment, a sad moment to see the Parramatta No. 7 on the ground.”
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Players from both sides immediately rushed over to make sure Moses was OK, with the trainers not far behind.
Eventually he made his way from the field to a round of applause from the crowd, although his evening was done.
Voss said: “It’s encouraging at the very least to see him up on his feet. It’s his own courage that has put him in the line of fire with Kikau running at him all night.”