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Fans Were Divided Over The Behaviour Of Johnny Sexton Against The Sharks

Fans Were Divided Over The Behaviour Of Johnny Sexton Against The Sharks
By Colman Stanley
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Leinster and the Sharks played out one of the all-time URC games at the RDS yesterday evening. Johnny Sexton made his first start of the season in the 13 try thriller, and served up one of his regular reminders that there is wide margin between himself and the next best ten in Ireland.

However, despite his rugby playing prowess, Sexton came under fire on social media for his behaviour towards referee Craig Evans.

Sexton is known for his particular abrasiveness when confronting referees, and has been criticised for it in the past, and yesterday he was repeatedly warned by Evans for constant backchat.

Many took to Twitter to vent their disgust at Sexton's behaviour, describing it as 'tiresome and counter-productive' and 'disrespectful.'

Others disagreed and felt that Johnny Sexton was not just within his rights to converse in such a way with Evans, but that this type of leadership and protection of his players was needed from Leinster's captain, in a game where there was many incidences of foul play.

Differing Views On Behaviour Of Johnny Sexton

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After the match, Leinster head coach, Leo Cullen, spoke positively about his side's performance and execution.

“I thought we started with good intent, the guys did a decent week’s work.

“We prepared well for this game, we knew it would be a good challenge, the Sharks have that bit of cohesion and togetherness off the back of two wins, and with Noel [McNamara, Sharks attack coach] coming back here, there were lots of factors we were concerned about.

“They’re big, physical men, you see them, size-wise, and that’s the challenge. It’s a totally different ball game we’re up against in this competition.

“The South African teams have picked up wins. Even the Lions, who would have lost a lost of players to the likes of the Sharks, they picked up wins on the road, so they’re circling. It’s created a totally different dynamic to the competition.

“They tested us out, and I thought the way we responded, scoring some great tries. There are lots of positive things in the game.”

SEE ALSO: Leinster Claim Victory In 13 Try Thriller Over Sharks


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