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Ulster boost as ace Rod's ban reduced

By Miichael Sadlier

Ulster have picked up a potentially useful bonus as prop Rodney Ah You's one-week ban, for being sent off at the Dragons, means he will be available for tomorrow week's crunch clash with Cardiff Blues.

The 28-year-old tight-head's ban - cut from two weeks due to his previously clean playing record - means that the Ireland international just has to sit out tomorrow evening's Ulster 'A' friendly with Leinster 'A' in Banbridge and will then be free to play from the start of next week.

With Ulster now fourth in the PRO12 table, after racking up six straight wins, Les Kiss will need as many of his squad available as possible with the province having just four games left to cement their play-off place.

Ah You was shown red late on in Ulster's 27-17 win at the Dragons for what Scottish referee Mike Adamson saw as foul play - under Law 10.4 (g), Dangerous Charging - after a collision with full-back Carl Meyer.

The former Connacht player faced a three-man Disciplinary Panel in Edinburgh yesterday and in a statement they "Accepted the player's admission of guilt and upon review of the incident deemed it clumsy and reckless, but not intentional".

They ruled the incident at a Low End entry point of offence and handed him two weeks reduced to just the one.

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