Should Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune have been red-carded after just 11 seconds against Munster?
Ulster recorded a 19-12 victory over Munster at the Kingspan Stadium last night but much of the post-match analysis centred around an incident that took place after just 11 seconds.
Winger Robert Baloucoune, who was making his first appearance in an inter-provincial derby, raced to try and collect Billy Burns kick-off but mistimed his challenge on Munster's Darren Sweetnam who was flipped head over heels after being taken out in the air.
Stephen Ferris, speaking on eir Sport, said that he felt Sweetnam didn't land that badly and it should be a yellow card but former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan thought it was a red card.
"I've seen red cards for less - by the letter of the law he should be gone." Eddie O'Sullivan says Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune was lucky not to get a red card for his early challenge on Darren Sweetnam. #GuinnessPro14 #ULSvMUN pic.twitter.com/UCzfe1cnfp— eir Sport (@eirSport) December 21, 2018
"It's a red card lads I'm afraid. There was no pull out. He went in and made a tackle in the air. Under the law, that's a red card," he said.
The referee and TMO felt Sweetnam landed on his side and Baloucoune was binned. He would return to the action and score a decisive try.
It was tough on Munster who were on the receiving end of some dubious calls last week in Castres.
Should it have been a red?