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Watch: Francois Steyn Sent Off For Shocking High/Late Hit On Johnny Sexton

Watch: Francois Steyn Sent Off For Shocking High/Late Hit On Johnny Sexton
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Leinster got off to an absolute flyer in the ECC on Friday night as they lead Montpellier by a score of 14-3 thanks to two converted tries in the first 25 minutes.

The supporters in the RDS were loving life until a shocking hit from Francois Steyn on Johnny Sexton changed the mood in the crowd temporarily. Sexton had to be withdrawn from the game for a HIA, but thankfully returned not long after.

The referee took his time, and after reviewing the tackle the Montpellier man was correctly shown a red card. New rules, old rules, it doesn't matter when you come in that high, and that late. Shocking stuff.

Shane Horgan was spot on in his commentary:

Steyn is frustrated by the way Sexton has been dominating this game.

We've seen him shoot out in the line once already, but that is a really dirty challenge. He's gone over the top there, swinging arm as well, made contact with the head. That's a red.

Steyn pleaded his case, but ultimately "he bended" was not a good enough excuse.

Leinster were already threatening to run away with the game, and that task was made easier by a rush of blood to the head.

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