Ulster players were quietly seething last night following a punch thrown by Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll in the RDS battle for a place in the Magners League Play-Off final, a match the hosts deservedly won 18-3.
Referee George Clancy was aware of the first-half incident in which the Ireland captain appeared to strike Ulster open side Chris Henry. O'Driscoll, who was making his 150th appearance for Leinster, won an award earlier in the week with his record-breaking Six Nations try against England voted the Best Moment of the Season.
Many people in the stadium saw O’Driscoll swing a punch, but there was doubt as to whether or not he had actually connected with the Ulster number seven.
The official allowed play to continue although he did speak to both players at the next break.
In that the incident was seen by the referee it is unlikely that there will now be a citing. Any such measure at this stage would be viewed as a serious undermining of the official’s position given that he dealt with it at the time.
Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin said: “I haven’t looked at any video footage yet. It’s something we’ll have a look at.
“But there are citing commissioners here so I’m sure that will be taken care of.”
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