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NRL set to investigate concussion claims against Penrith Panthers' Peter Wallace

Penrith captain Peter Wallace rejected claims he had played on after being concussed in the dying stages of the Panthers' 14-12 loss to St George Illawarra on Sunday.

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Wallace appeared to be using a goal post to support himself after a heavy collision in a tackle as Penrith defended their own line after winger Josh Mansour had put the visitors ahead 12-8 with a 73rd-minute try.

Channel Nine commentator Peter Sterling suggested Wallace looked concussed as play came his way in the tackle before St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan crossed for the match-winning try three minutes before full-time.

Come on boys: Penrith skipper Peter Wallace rallies his troops on Sunday.
Come on boys: Penrith skipper Peter Wallace rallies his troops on Sunday. Photo: Mark Kolbe

He had earlier crawled back into the defensive line after making a tackle on the Panthers line but the veteran playmaker said afterwards that he had been fine.

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"No, I was fine," Wallace told reporters.

The NRL is expected to investigate the incident and Penrith could face a fine if it is found that Wallace remained on the field after being concussed.

Out: Peter Wallace appeared concussed during the dying stages of the game against the Dragons.
Out: Peter Wallace appeared concussed during the dying stages of the game against the Dragons. Photo: Channel Nine

NRL chief medical officer Paul Bloomfield usually requests a report for the Panthers into whether Wallace had been concussed.

He remained on the field for the remainder of the match and attended the post-match press conference with Penrith coach Anthony Griffin.

"It was tough out there, we were completing at 60 per cent and forced ourselves to do extra work," Wallace said.

Griffin said it would have been a courageous win for his team after hitting the front for the first time in the match just seven minutes before full-time.

They lost Bryce Cartwright with a dislocated thumb at half-time and fullback Will Smith with concussion in the second half.

"I thought we made some really poor decisions, particularly coming out of our own half but obviously there was a lot of effort going on and they all kept turning up for each other today," Griffin said.

Captain and fullback Matt Moylan will return from a back injury for next weekend's match against Parramatta.

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