Leinster's Johnny Sexton has lamented the ill-discipline that cost his side dearly in Saturday night's 26-17 Pro-14 loss to their Munster rivals.
While Leinster lost James Lowe to red card in a first half that also saw both Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong sinbinned, Sexton pointed to other incidents where Leinster should have been better disciplined. Speaking to RTÉ's Michael Corcoran after the match, Sexton said:
You can’t do the moves that you prepped, you can’t play the way you want to play when you are down to 13 or 14 men, that’s what cost us, the three moments in the game where they were sort of accidental.
There were other moments in the game where our discipline wasn’t good enough really, that’s what you can take out of the game.
Sexton took no issue with any of the big calls made by the referee, Frank Murphy, but did have one "small" frustration with the fact Leinster had a penalty overturned because he retaliated, while he felt Munster were not punished for a similar offence.
Lowe was sent off for taking out Andrew Conway in the air.
32: RED CARD!
James Lowe sent off at Thomond Park. Leinster are down to 14.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) December 29, 2018
The fiery first half also featured Sexton pulling Joey Carbery to the ground during a sideline melee. However, after the match, Sexton had no protests over who was the worthy victor: "Leinster and Munster are always very feisty, people say the rivalry has lost its edge I don’t think it has, it’s just we have had a good run of results against Munster today they beat us fair and square, we will learn from it and come back."