Two minutes in and the big Pro14 provincial derby produced an instant flashpoint as Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton took issue with an early Munster tackle in Thomond Park.
It was the 2018 World Player of the Year's first visit to Limerick in six and a half years. The game started at a ferocious pace as Sexton received an early warning after he tore the scrum-cap off Fineen Wycherley following a big hit. Jack Conan then piled in and the home crowd were immediately in full voice calling for the officials to act.
03: Early warning for Johnny Sexton at Thomond Park.
The Munster fans aren't happy, but the 'correct call' says Stephen Ferris.
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Referee Frank Murphy told Sexton "the tackle is borderline, but your reaction is unfair. Fair enough?"
Stephen Ferris was on commentary for Eir Sport and felt it was a "fair call."