Saturday 23 February 2019

Should Ulster winger Robert Baloucoune have been red-carded after just 11 seconds against Munster?

Robert Baloucoune of Ulster reacts following a tackle in the first minute for which he was shown a yellow card during the Guinness PRO14 Round 11 match between Ulster and Munster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Robert Baloucoune of Ulster reacts following a tackle in the first minute for which he was shown a yellow card during the Guinness PRO14 Round 11 match between Ulster and Munster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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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.

"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?

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