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Two Connacht Players See Red In 10 First Half Minutes Against Munster

Two Connacht Players See Red In 10 First Half Minutes Against Munster

Connacht had two players shown red cards in the opening half of their inter-provincial clash against Munster on Sunday afternoon.

Down 14-0 at the time, they were reduced to 14 players in the 25th minute when debutant Abraham Papali'i was sent off for a high tackle on Conor Murray.

"I can see eight green, upright tackle, poor tackle technique," said referee Frank Murphy before disciplining the New Zealander.

"From what I can see on the images, it's shoulder contact to the head with force. It's dangerous contact to the head."

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Just under 10 minutes later, Connacht were down to 13 players when Shane Delahunt also saw red. The hooker was sent off for leading with his elbow to the neck of CJ Stander.

In all, there were three yellow cards, two reds and a penalty try given in the opening 40 minutes. The half finished with Munster leading 21-7.

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