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Fans Accuse Josh Van Der Flier Of Play Acting To Milk Yellow Card Against Toulouse

Fans Accuse Josh Van Der Flier Of Play Acting To Milk Yellow Card Against Toulouse
By Colman Stanley Updated
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The social media takes, in the aftermath of Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final win over Toulouse, have been spicy to say the least.

If there was a pivotal moment in yesterday's match it was the yellow card incident involving Rodrigue Neti and Josh van der Flier.

The Toulouse prop was sent to the bin with just ten points between the sides and the French team attacking in Leinster's half. Leinster scored soon after the card was shown, through none other than van der Flier.

However, many fans felt that the Leinster back-row was 'play acting' and that he milked the challenge from Neti.

In Neti's defence, he was attempting to secure his own ruck and was charged by van der Flier, but he did make head contact with the flanker's face.

Van der Flier's movements to being hit in the face were brief and reactionary, and he got up straight after.

Leinster v Toulouse : Josh Van Der Flier Accused Of Play Acting

READ HERE: Gordon D'Arcy Says Leinster Shouldn't Apologise For Having Home Champions Cup Final


Leinster head coach Leo Cullen spoke after the game and while he as complimentary of his team, he feels that they need to be better in the final.

"It’s great to be in a final now, and hopefully it’s going to be a special day.

“There will be a fair old demand for tickets, but this what we wanted all season. Everyone has worked their butts off to get to this point.

“It’s just trying to keep a lid on it now. There was a lot of hype after the semi-final against Toulouse last year and we didn’t deliver our best game in the final. That’s what we have to try and focus on.

"There was plenty of good stuff in the game.

“When Ramos goes to the bin we get a couple of tries during that period, and I thought the guys were pretty clinical at important stages.

“The tries come in different ways. It’s pleasing because there’s a bit of variety in our game, and that’s a thing we’re trying to develop all the time.

“We’re delighted to be through, but it’s a semi-final, and that’s about eking through by even a point, and delivering a better performance in the final.”

SEE ALSO: Toulouse Flanker Sums Up What Makes Leinster So Imperious

29 April 2023; Jack Willis of Toulouse is tackled by Caelan Doris and Ciarán Frawley of Leinster during the Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final match between Leinster and Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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