Leinster defeated Edinburgh last night to remain top of the Pro 12 table at the RDS. While the home side were full value for their 30-23 win, one of the main talking points was a poor tackle by Leinster winger Fergus McFadden on opposite number Damien Hoyland.
Hoyland broke behind the Leinster first line of defence, and pinned his ears back to dash for the try line. McFadden was back covering and went to take down the dashing winger. However, he failed to wrap his arms, and the challenge was also high.
It was fortunate that nobody was injured from the tackle.
— The Pen (@thepenGW) April 15, 2016
The officials deemed the incident to only warrant a penalty, and no further action was taken.
However, public opinion has deemed that at the very least a yellow card should have been issued.
It is clear that there was disregard for the opponent’s well-being with such a challenge, and McFadden should consider himself very lucky to have remained on the field.
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