History awaits Bronco Oates if passed fit

Concussion may have him in doubt but Corey Oates’ head will no doubt be spinning again if he scores in Friday night’s NRL preliminary final against Melbourne at AAMI Park.

Brisbane will make a final call on the lanky winger at Thursday training after Oates was placed on light duties following his sickening on-field clash last week.

If Oates receives the green light as expected, history awaits the Broncos gamebreaker in Melbourne.

The 22-year-old is aiming to become just the third player in history to score a try in seven straight finals.

And he would be the first since Bob McCarthy achieved the feat across seven finals from 1971-76.

Eddie Lumsden has the record after scoring in eight straight finals from 1957-60.

Debate has raged over whether Oates should be allowed to play barely a week after he was knocked unconscious in his collision with teammate Anthony Milford and had to be taken off via medicab, in the 21st minute.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg was adamant Brisbane would not be pressuring Oates into playing the grand final qualifier.

“He’s in the very best care at the Broncos,” Greenberg told AAP.

“Knowing those people and the processes that we have in place they will put his care before anything else.

“If he is fit to play, the people making those decisions will be the doctors, and I think that is the most appropriate person.”

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga reckoned the incident looked worse than it was.

“It is a hazy area. It probably looked worse than it was but put it in the hands of the medicos – they know him best,” he told Fox Sports’ Queenslanders Only.

“The testing regime is really strict so if he is right to go, he is right to go.”

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