Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has lamented referee Marius Mitrea’s decision to yellow card Sean Reidy and award the Scarlets a second half penalty try during Ulster’s 16-13 loss to the Welsh side on Friday night.
A first-half try from Jacob Stockdale and a pair of penalties from Paddy Jackson ensured Ulster would lead 13-6 at halftime, but in the second-half, with the Scarlets winning a scrum on the Ulster five-metre line, Scarlets scrum-half Aled Davies sniped down the blindside before being held up by Ulster forwards Sean Reidy and Iain Henderson.
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Posted by BBC Wales Sport on Friday, 6 January 2017
Mitrea sent Reidy to the sin bin while the Scarlets were also awarded a penalty try. Kiss said after the game that the new regulations concerning the tackle is something that all rugby coaches will need to get used to as World Rugby look to continue their crackdown on tackles that make contact with the head.
“That is the new world we are living in,” said Kiss (via Planet Rugby)
“We are going to have to find a new way to live with it and adapt to it.
“It is right to have an intention to ensure safety is paramount for the players, working our way through the right interpretation and implementation of it is something we have to get too.
“I thought we probably would have better return from it if things had gone our way. We controlled that first half, I thought we were superb with retention of ball, but we were not as clinical as we needed to be at the start of the second half and gave them a bit of life and traction into the game.
“The decisions we could not control, that is what it is. We could have controlled some of our own decisions better, but I cannot hide the disappointment of the loss that is for sure and something we just got to cop.”
The loss puts Ulster seven points adrift of the Scarlets in fourth place with Les Kiss’ side losing three out of their last five matches in the league.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena