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Three Players KO'd Within The First Four Minutes In Crazy Start To State Of Origin

Three Players KO'd Within The First Four Minutes In Crazy Start To State Of Origin

Three players had their nights brought to a premature end thanks to some sickening head knocks.

We're used to seeing some explosive starts in State of Origin, but this is just mental.

Game 3 has got off to a brutal start with THREE players KO'd within the first five minutes.

It was scary scenes inside Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium with New South Wales' Cameron Murray as well as Queensland duo Selwyn Cobbo and Lindsey Collins copping serious head knocks as a result of tackles.

For Murray, he was up on his feet relatively quickly but has subsequently failed his HIA.

As for Cobbo, he was knocked out cold following a sickening collision, leaving him laying motionless on the turf.

Thankfully he did eventually regain consciousness, although he looked very unsteady on his feet.

In the very first hit-up of the game, Blues star Murray clashed heads with Maroons winger Corey Oates.

The bone-crunching collision sent Murray flying backwards and left him looking rather dazed.

He was sent for a HIA, but his night came to a premature end when it was confirmed he had failed it.

A crushing blow for the Blues.

Just a few minutes later, New South Wales centre Matt Burton received a kick and ran full-pelt at the Queensland defensive line.

Cobbo went low with his tackling technique and his head went ricocheting off a number of thighs.

Completely unconscious, Cobbo went crashing to the ground in a heap and clearly needed medical attention.

Thankfully, ground staff sprung into action and were on hand to help.

Less than a few minutes later, Maroons big man Collins copped a blow to the head of his own during a tackle with Roosters teammate Daniel Tupou.

Both Collins and Cobbo were considering Grade 1 head knocks which subsequently brought an end to their evenings.

Featured Image Credit: Supplied/NRL

Topics: Australia, NRL, Rugby League