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Watch: Was James Lowe Lucky To Escape Without A Card For This Incident?

Watch: Was James Lowe Lucky To Escape Without A Card For This Incident?
Michael Bolton
By Michael Bolton
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James Lowe can perhaps consider himself lucky for ending the game without a card for his elbow charge on John Cooney.

In James Lowe's first game of the season back from injury, it was an eventful game for his side, as they had to dig deep for a huge second half comeback to claim to the bonus point victory over provincial rivals over.

At one stage, Ulster were 22-3 up, after taking full advantage of Cian Healy's red card for a high tackle on Tom Stewart. However, footage has now shown he could have been joined by James Lowe.

The Leinster winger was running at the Ulster defence at full speed early in the second half, when he appears to lead with his elbow towards John Cooney who attempts to tackle him.



The footgae doesn't make for easy viewing, as the Ulster scrum-half seems to be unconscious the second he makes contact with Lowe's elbow, being replaced by Nathan Doak.

Up to that point, Cooney was one of the best players on the pitch. More concerning however, Cooney is likely to have to go through concussion protocols in the coming days and weeks in order to prioritise his safety.

The recent increase in red cards in the game has been in an attempt to prioritise players safety. The law sanctioned by World Rugby states that a player cannot lead with their arm or make contact with a player's head when attempting a hand off.


James Lowe wasn't shown a card over the incident, and the game completely shifted in the direction of Leinster. Ulster lost their momentum and control of the game, while Leinster dominated the second half, that included a late try for James Lowe.

As of now, it is unclear if the incident will be viewed by the URC. With the Champions Cup set to commence next weekend, Leinster will be crossing their fingers the incident goes unpunished.

SEE ALSO: James Lowe Gives Heartwarming Interview With Young Fan After Win Over Ulster

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