Welsh referee Nigel Owens was forced to gently remind Cian Healy of the updated ruck laws after the Leinster prop attempted to tackle Conor Murray after shouting ‘Hands On’ at the ruck.
During the first-half of Leinster’s 29-17 loss to Munster at Thomond Park, Healy came barrelling in from the side of the Munster ruck after attempting to signal to Owens that the ball was out and therefore playable, but Owens was having none of it, swiftly reminding Healy of the rule change in the area and following it up with a trademark Owens wisecrack of ‘where have you been?’
Healy seemed to take the penalty and Owens’ dig in his stride as Leinster clawed their way to within four points at halftime after leading early on.
Leo Cullen’s side would ultimately fall 29-17 in front of a sold-out Thomond Park as Munster went five points clear at the top of the Pro 12, but as much as the game will be remembered for Simon Zebo’s fantastic contorting try and Tommy O’Donnell’s juggling skills, Owens’ latest jibe is another remark he can add to his ever growing highlight reel.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena