Both Robbie Farah and Luke Garner are likely to line up against the Titans on Saturday after Tigers coach Michael Maguire revealed the pair passed their head injury assessment tests but were not permitted to return to the field.
Maguire was in no mood to make excuses after his team were thumped 51-6 in the first match played at the new Bankwest Stadium.
But he was clearly frustrated Farah, in particular, was not allowed to return to the field despite clearing his HIA.
"He was actually right to go back on. Unfortunately due to the stipulations around concussion he couldnt go back out.
"You pass the test… but its about how it looks."
On optics alone, the decision to leave Farah off the field was a no-brainer.
He clearly stumbled after copping a knock in the ninth minute, struggling to stay on his feet as he tried to take his place in the Tigers' defensive line.
As soon as Farah stumbled, NRL concussion protocols stipulate that regardless of whether he passed the HIA or not, he would not be allowed to return to the field.
Passing the initial HIA will, however, assist the veteran hooker in his race against the clock to line up against the Titans in Tamworth on Saturday.
"He will have no problems at all," Maguire said.
"Obviously (Farah) had a stumble there. Both Luke Garner and Robbie passed the test no problems at all.
"I think they have been educated around that. I wont even enter that (discussion)."
Farah and Garner were not the only players forced off due to concussion concerns.
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