Huddersfield Giants’ Ian Watson reveals who is the best halfback in Super League in this area

It appears as though the issue of concussion is becoming more and more mainstream in rugby league as protocols surrounding the problem widen.

Concussion protocol is a new thing; previously, there would be nothing stopping knocked-out players from playing the week after if they felt up to it.

Now, there is an 11-day protocol whereby no contact is the name of the game.

One player that has suffered with concussion in the past few weeks is Huddersfield Giants halfback Theo Fages who sat out against Warrington Wolves despite passing his Head Injury Assessment in the loss to Leeds Rhinos the week before.

However, Huddersfield boss Ian Watson believes that the French star will be ready to go for the play-offs.

“Fingers crossed he should be (back for the play-offs). He did his HIA at the Leeds game and passed it but the doctor wanted to make sure that Theo is right going forward as he had a knock earlier in the season.

“We’re pretty confident he will be back so we are just ticking all the boxes and trying to look after him but we have won a lot of games without him.

“We are better off playing with him and he is probably one of the best halfbacks in the competition for the way in which he controls the game.”

Watson does want Huddersfield fans to pack out the John Smith’s Stadium and has called on football side Huddersfield Town to show their support.

“Hopefully we can get it packed out and get loads there. We want the Huddersfield Town supporters to get behind us again and make it a great atmosphere.

“They can be our 18th man, hopefully supporters can get behind us and pack out the stadium to get to a semi-final.”