The AFL is set to send Carlton a please explain over why star Jacob Weitering was not brought from the field late in the thrilling win over Melbourne.
AFL: Carlton have defeated Melbourne in the final minute of play, the victory ensures Carlton are through to their first preliminary final since 2000 and now head to the Gabba to take on Brisbane.
Weitering was captured clearly wobbly on his feet after appearing to cop the back of Demon Joel Smith’s head to his face in the final term.
But despite looking shaky and dazed, the Blues defender was allowed to remain in the contest and ended up taking the game-turning intercept mark that led to Blake Acres’ match-winning goal.
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Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph said the AFL will likely investigate both the Weitering moment and why Carlton captain Patrick Cripps wasn’t HIA tested after he left the field with a bloodied nose from a brutal Kysaiah Pickett bump.
“The AFL will ask why Jacob Weitering was not out of the game at least for a concussion test … My understanding is the Carlton doctors were trying to get him off in those frantic final moments, were not able to do that,” he said.
“He certainly looks fine in the rooms afterwards.
“The AFL will want to get an explanation from Carlton.
“They might well ask why Patrick Cripps was not taken out of the game at least for a concussion test after that hit with Kysaiah Pickett.”
Four-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis hit out at the explanation provided for the call to leave Weitering on the field.
“He was clearly shaky and wobbly on his feet,” he said.
“For me, that’s a sign to just get them off straight away so I don’t accept that the doctors couldn’t get out there or they didn’t see it or whatever happened.
“He was clearly groggy.”
“They’ll sort it out but that is inconsistent with that we’ve been told all year,” Garry Lyon added.
“We saw (Blues teammate) Harry McKay hardly get a touch to his head last week … it doesn’t necessarily have to be that hard.
“Gotta save people from themselves.”
Brisbane champion Jonathan Brown played devil’s advocate and argued Weitering could have just been exhausted – and not concussed – as reason for his wobbles.
“Did he wobble because of a head knock? He certainly didn’t look like he was affected several minutes after,” he said.
“He played a good last quarter.
“There was nothing in it (the knock from Smith). The actual hit, he barely grazed him with the back of his head.
“Was he just absolutely fatigued and buggered?
“What if Jacob Weitering said ‘I was absolutely cooked and my performance in the last 15 minutes showed all my faculties were intact’ because he was magnificent.
“Look at the actual hit. He would look at that and say ‘he hardly touched me’.
“Being careful of jumping to conclusions.”
Earlier this year Port Adelaide were handed a big penalty by the AFL for allowing star Aliir Aliir back onto the field after a nasty head knock with teammate Lachie Jones without being concussion tested.
Both Aliir and Jones went on to miss the following week as a result of entering the concussion protocols.