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'Our players need to be aware of the sanctions' - Leo Cullen confirms Leinster won't appeal James Lowe ban

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29 December 2018; James Lowe of Leinster receives a red card from referee Frank Murphy during the Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

29 December 2018; James Lowe of Leinster receives a red card from referee Frank Murphy during the Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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29 December 2018; James Lowe of Leinster receives a red card from referee Frank Murphy during the Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

LEINSTER head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that he will not be appealing the two-week ban handed down to James Lowe for taking out Andrew Conway in the air during the defeat to Munster in Thomond Park.

"We won't be appealing James Lowe's ban. All our players need to be aware of the sanctions and the way these incidents are being dealt with. There are a lot of bits going on in that game.

"The Munster nine is pushing him off his line, the catcher is coming in late and suddenly James is in the landing zone. There is no intent but it is difficult for players.

"It is good to see Andrew Conway is playing this weekend. Players need to be aware, like high tackles. We got caught badly last week with three incidents. It is not a trend but we need to be aware of that.

"Even if you look at penalty count it was 14-13. It was a very competitive game, maybe players form both sides trying too hard and pushing boundaries.

"It hasn't been a major issue for us this year but there were areas we weren't happy with, controlling the game for one.

"We need to be more calm and controlled in terms of starting games. But we've trained well this week and have had better preparation.

"Even if you look at penalty count it was 14-13. It was a very competitive game, maybe players form both sides trying too hard and pushing boundaries. It hasn't been a major issue for us this year but there were areas we weren't happy with, controlling the game and we need to be more calm and controlled in terms of starting games.

"But we've trained well this week and have had better preparation."

Cullen also reiterated his backing for Jonathan Sexton's captaincy after some high-profile questioning commentary from former Irish captains during the fall-out from the tempestuous Thomond clash.

"Johnny did okay, his relationship was good with the referee. There is not much he can do about what Cian Healy or James Lowe did. Tadhg Furlong as well. We just need to be better at managing those situations."

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