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Earls didn't think Lowe would go down so easily

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Munster winger Keith Earls has suggested James Lowe went down easily in the pivotal incident that led to referee Ben Whitehouse awarding a penalty try to Leinster and sending the Ireland star to the sin-bin in Saturday's controversial derby at the Aviva Stadium.

Earls was adjudged to have tack­led the New Zealander without the ball as he tried to take Jamison Gib­son-Park's pass - which may actually have been behind him - on the try-line.

Leinster scored another try while the Moyross native was off the pitch, setting themselves up for a 30-22 win over their old rivals.

"Obviously it was a split second decision," Earls said.

"I do come in contact with him (Lowe) but he's a big enough lad, I didn't think he would go down that easy.

"But, look, if you go by the letter of the law, yeah, it probably is a yellow card. But a penalty try? I don't think so.

"Whether I was going to hold him up or the ball was going away from him, he was reaching, but that's the deci­sion the referee made."

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