Sunday 24 September 2017

'Is he going to make that tackle?' - Johnny Sexton on crucial TMO decision that cost Leinster

23 April 2017; Dan Leavy of Leinster scores a try which was subsequently disallowed during the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Leinster at Matmut Stadium de Gerland in Lyon, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 April 2017; Dan Leavy of Leinster scores a try which was subsequently disallowed during the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Leinster at Matmut Stadium de Gerland in Lyon, France. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Leinster came up just short in their bid to make a Champions Cup final, going down 27-22 to Clermont in Lyon.

The key moment came midway through the second half when Dan Leavy had a go-ahead try disallowed after the TMO spotted a pullback on Aurelien Rougerie in the build-up, turning a potential four-point Leinster lead into a six point Clermont advantage after Morgan Parra slotted the resulting penalty.

The replays showed that the openside flanker did have a hold of the Clermont centre when Fergus McFadden made the initial break in the Leinster half, and speaking to Sky Sports after the match, out-half Johnny Sexton addressed the incident.

"I think he tackled him in the ruck, maybe held him a little long but is he going to make that tackle?", Sexton asked.

"We can’t complain about the calls, we’ve been beaten by an impressive side, we’ve got to take our hats off and say we weren’t good enough."

Sexton was flawless from the tee, kicking five penalties and a conversion but his opposite number Camille Lopez was equally good, kicking two late drop goals to propel the French giants into a Champions Cup final clash with Saracens.

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