Tom Bradshaw: Safety first – otherwise it's game over for rugby
I'd only just started covering rugby for the Chronicle back in November 2008 when Bath took on Leicester at The Rec.
What unfolded was a terrific advert for Premiership rugby, with both teams managing to turn on the style as well as knocking six bells out of each other.
Butch James clinched victory with that last-minute try, a try that was probably the South African's defining moment at Bath.
What is perhaps not quite so well remembered is the way in which Justin Harrison – the Bath lock-cum-windup-merchant – got to his feet after repeatedly seeming to lose consciousness.
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At one point the Australian was out cold on his own 5m line before gingerly getting to his feet, looking around him, and then piling into a ruck.
It was a heroic effort and showed a level of commitment that bordered on the insane. His performance gained plenty of cheers – even laughs – and Harrison was dubbed 'Bambi' by certain fans following the incident.
Yet while it was indeed a moment of great sporting theatre, it is not something that would be allowed to take place during the current Premiership season.
Concussion bins have been introduced this season to allow doctors to take a player suspected of being concussed off the pitch for a considered assessment. If the player is deemed to be okay, he is allowed back on. If he is concussed, then he does not return to the field of play.
On these pages today, Bath back and Rugby Players' Association representative Sam Vesty eloquently describes why the concussion bin isn't a piece of gratuitous medical red tape imposed by the game's authorities but an important aspect of player welfare.
Rugby is by definition a hard, hard contact sport and players enter into it fully aware that they are just one ill-timed or ill-executed tackle away from significant, serious – or even catastrophic – injury.
They play the professional game knowing that it is a high-stakes affair, both in terms of what it means for their team and what it means for their body. But that doesn't mean that steps shouldn't be taken to lessen the dangers they are exposed to.
At one press conference last season, I remember Sir Ian McGeechan vividly conveyed the physical forces that the modern player subjects himself to. "Studies of centres running into each other have shown that some of the collisions that take place in rugby are like a 20mph road crash," he said.
So while Justin Harrison's antics of a few seasons back might have made for compelling viewing, it's no bad thing that the concussion bin makes a repeat of those scenes unlikely. The game needs to look after its players, otherwise there is no game.