It's been a controversial start to the crucial Irish derby in the PRO12. With semi-final places up for grabs, Ulster took an early lead at home to Leinster - and they have a fortuitous decision to thank for it.
The Northerners started the better team, and when Ruan Pienaar broke the defensive line and chipped over the top - Rob Kearney decided to cynically take him down to prevent a try. It was certainly a yellow card for Kearney, that shouldn't be in question - but the TMO and referee George Clancy also awarded a penalty try.
The replays seemed to hint that Luke McGrath at least would have been there to stop the decision from being a 'certain' try - and to me there is too much doubt about whether a try would have been scored to award a try.
The reaction of fans on twitter was most telling, with the majority of Ulster fans admitting that they got away with something there:
— Emma Cassidy (@CassidyEmma) April 30, 2016
Not sure that's a penalty try. Pienaar wouldn't have got there. Will take the points though #SUFTUM
— Roarz (@Roarzz) April 30, 2016
Will take that. Not convinced Ruan would have had the legs to score that. Nice for a call to go our way in a big game for a change #SUFTUM
— Fitch (@ateta) April 30, 2016
Shocking decision. No problem with the yellow but never a penalty try. Clancy a joke #ULSvLEIN
— Rory O’Mór (Curate's Egg) (@curates_egg) April 30, 2016
@ummmrugby agree, thought the ball would have beaten him to dead ball line anyway. PT for being brain dead from Kearney though 😀
— Peter Gaughan (@shelflife68) April 30, 2016
Penalty try for Ulster and Rob Kearney goes in the bin. Jackson converts. 10-0. Looked the right decision
— Irish News Sport (@irishnewssport) April 30, 2016
The ref must be incredibly confident in Pienaar's pace to give a penalty try.
— Eoin McDevitt (@EoinMcDevitt) April 30, 2016
George Clancy clearly showing his allegiances. Definite yellow, but no way a penalty try. #ULSvLEIN
— Lugh. (@Dentistry777) April 30, 2016
To have the benefit of technology and give that penalty try is unforgivable.
— Neil Treacy (@neil_treacy) April 30, 2016
What do you make of it?