Brian O’Driscoll believes that Munster were hard done by in their loss to Castres in the Heineken Champions Cup at the weekend as he believes the French side should have been punished more heavily for some incidents in the game.
For Andrew Conway’s disallowed try, O’Driscoll thinks there could have easily been a red card and a yellow card issued against Castres in that passage of play which saw the Munster winger ground the ball.
After review, Conway was deemed to knock the ball forward but he was on the receiving end of a “slide tackle” from Benjamin Urdapilleta before he attempted to collect the ball.
We have seen many incidents in the past where covering defenders slide at the last moment in a desperate attempt to get to the ball or prevent the attacker from grounding the ball and it often ends in injury.
When Conway received the pass before he kicked through, Peter O’Mahony was up-ended by Marc-Antoine Rallier and although he received a yellow card for the incident, O’Driscoll believes it could have easily have been red.
"It's not football, you can't have a slide tackle!"
"World Rugby need to stamp down on that, it's a blight on the game."
In a game with many moments of questionable play…
Brian O'Driscoll feels Munster were very hard done regarding this Andrew Conway disallowed try. pic.twitter.com/hw2emTpPP3
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) December 16, 2018
Although Munster are still top of their pool, they now just have a three-point advantage over second-placed Castres and a four-point advantage over the Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester, ultimately meaning that every team in the pool still has an opportunity to finish top.
With European action not resuming until January, Munster will now focus on the Guinness PRO14 and Friday night’s trip to in-form Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.