Saturday 16 December 2017

Holah to miss euro collisions

Munster's opponents Ospreys have been hit with an untimely suspension after Marty Holah was banned for two weeks.

The former All Blacks flanker was found guilty last night of both tripping and playing an opponent without the ball following the Magners League tie against Edinburgh on Saturday.

It means the influential back-row will miss both of the Ospreys back-to-back Heineken Cup games against Munster, starting at Thomond Park this Sunday. Holah was cited for tripping Edinburgh full-back Chris Paterson after he kicked the ball. Paterson was later forced out of the game with a bruised thigh as a result of the foul.

The player and Ospreys had 48 hours from the time of last night's ruling to appeal and are likely to do so. If the appeal fails, 21-year-old Justin Tipuric is likely to start, though Jonathan Thomas will be considered if Jerry Collins recovers from a recent lay-off.

Irish Independent

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