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Paddy McAllister cited for challenge on Marcell Coetzee in Ulster's win over Connacht

Connacht prop Paddy McAllister has been cited for a tackle on Ulster No.8 Marcell Coetzee in Friday's game at Kingspan Stadium (INPHO/James Crombie)
Connacht prop Paddy McAllister has been cited for a tackle on Ulster No.8 Marcell Coetzee in Friday's game at Kingspan Stadium (INPHO/James Crombie)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Connacht loosehead prop Paddy McAllister has been cited for his tackle on Ulster No.8 Marcell Coetzee in Friday's Guinness PRO14 clash at Kingspan Stadium.

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The former Ulster prop hit Coetzee high in a tackle in the build-up to Billy Burns' try that forced the Springbok back rower off to undergo a head injury assessment.

Coetzee would not return to the game after coming off, with replacement Nick Timoney playing the remainder of the 35-3 victory.

The challenge was not penalised at the time by referee Sean Gallagher, who declined to consult the TMO over the matter, with McAllister going on to be replaced early himself due to injury.

However, the Connacht man has not escaped sanction as he has been handed a citing complaint by the citing commissioner at Friday's game in Belfast.

McAllister is charged with an infringement of Law 9.13 - a player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

The 30-year-old, who made 44 appearances for Ulster between 2010 and 2014, will appear via video link in front of a disciplinary panel on Tuesday afternoon to answer the charge.

The panel will comprise of Owain Rhys James (chairman, Wales), Robert Milligan and Jennifer Rae (both Scotland).

On social media after the game, McAllister was apologetic for the challenge and insisted he did not mean to cause any harm through his actions.

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