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The Divided Reaction To The Yellow Card For A Late Hit On Johnny Sexton

The Divided Reaction To The Yellow Card For A Late Hit On Johnny Sexton
By Maurice Brosnan

Leinster ran out comfortable 52-10 winners against Dragons at the RDS today in the Guinness Pro14 in a game that saw Johnny Sexton start and lead his province expertly.

Dragons, managed by former Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman, targeted this year with hopes of vast improvements after several new arrivals and increased exposure. However, with the game in the melting pot they were dealt a hammer blow when Welsh number 8 Ross Moriarty was shown a yellow card for a late hit on Sexton.

Sexton came into the team after Ross Byrne started last week and the incident provoked a debate online about the merits of the referee's decision.

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Sexton stayed down after the hit which prompted the referee to refer to the TMO. It was deemed late and that Moriarty 'braced' his shoulder. Thus, he was shown a yellow card.

The result was a welcomed one for Leo Cullen's side, coming off the back of a two-point loss away to Scarlets last week.

SEE ALSO: Enraged Richard Cockerill Blasts Pro14 Refereeing After Connacht 'Cheat'

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