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Earls didn't think Lowe would go down so easily

Sin-binned: Keith Earls
Sin-binned: Keith Earls

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.

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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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