Munster fell to a 13-12 defeat away to Castres in Round 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup this evening.
The ill-tempered nature of last weekend’s Thomond Park fixture carried over to today’s clash as Wayne Barnes dished out three yellow cards throughout the 80 minutes.
Munster were left to rue some missed penalties and the spurning of some good chances as the reason for the defeat but the southern province will likely be very unhappy with how the game was officiated.
Rory Kockott, who received a yellow card at the end of the first half for cynical play at the breakdown, was involved in an incident earlier in the half with Munster’s Chris Cloete which occurred before Castres scored the first try of the game.
— Evan Healy (@HealyEvan) December 15, 2018
— Ger Holohan (@ger_holohan) December 15, 2018
Panto villianry aside, Rory Kockott should be sat in the stands for a good few months in the aftermath of that. He can act the maggot all he likes, he's shown a coward's instinct there #COvMUN
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) December 15, 2018
Kockott picking up another yellow, to go with last week's. About 20 minutes later than it should have been though
— Michelle (@CorkSeashell) December 15, 2018
The incident will likely be reviewed by the citing commissioner in the coming days and if deemed guilty, Kockott could be set for a lengthy ban.
Marc-Antoine Rallier also saw yellow in the second half for a dangerous tackle on Peter O’Mahony with many viewers believing that it should have been a red card.
This is gutless stuff. It really is by now. Castres are flat-out filthy, and the officials are not protecting players.
— Tim O'Connor (@timoconnorbl) December 15, 2018
Wayne Barnes has bottled it there.
Shocking attempt of a tackle; not even at attempt actually.
— #rugbymunster (@RUMunsterRugby) December 15, 2018
Off the ball, no arms and tip tackle. Yellow card? Wayne is really letting himself down here.
— Overthehillprop (@Overthehillprop) December 15, 2018