Doctors are usually able to immediately review footage of any potential concussion and take players from the field should they deem a head injury assessment is required.
But in Moylan’s case, medical staff were only able to review the vision when the technology started working again 10 minutes later.
After they saw the real impact of the hit, Moylan was taken from the field to undergo a full head injury assessment.
He passed the test and was able to return to the field for the remainder of the win, which pushed the Sharks back into the top eight.
“There was an issue with the Sideline Surveillance technology,” an NRL spokesman said.
“As soon as the communications was restored the club doctor viewed the vision and Matt Moylan was removed from the field for a head injury assessment.”
Earlier this season, an incident in which play continued immediately after Nene McDonald suffered a serious leg injury led to referees Grant Akins and Gavin Badger being stood down.
Any similar action against the referees in charge of the Cronulla-Souths match – Adam Gee and David Munro – appears unlikely given the NRL are pointing the finger at a technical glitch.
NRL head of football Graham Annesley said the incident would form part of the normal Monday officiating review.
“All incidents from the weekend that raise any kind of concern are reviewed (on Monday) morning, prior to the media briefing on (Monday) afternoon,” Annesley said.
Before the technology malfunction was revealed, NSW coach Brad Fittler took aim at the officials on Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
In Fittler’s opinion, Moylan should have been taken off the field immediately after being hit by Burgess.
“I think the situation was totally mishandled. I thought it was obvious that Matt was knocked out straight away. You didn’t have to go too far to see that,” Fittler said.
“You can see on the second replay, he closed his eyes as soon as [he was hit]. He was gone before he hit the ground.”
Burgess was given a grade two reckless high tackle charge and will miss the pivotal clash against Melbourne if he takes an early guilty plea.
If Souths and Burgess decide to fight the charge and lose, he will miss the following clash against Canterbury, too.
The Souths skipper was allowed to play on and that was also unacceptable, according to Fittler.
“He should have been put in the sin bin. It was a blatant high shot,” Fittler said.
“But also, when it goes to the judiciary, it also shows the consequence for his action already. It may play a part in the sentencing of Sam Burgess.
“Matt Moylan, to last 30 minutes after that, he actually threw a pass which led to a try which I thought was ridiculous. You could tell straight away he was knocked out.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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