Time for administrators to look at the laws suggests Leinster’s Matt O’Connor

Leinster's Isaac Boss tackled by Luke Marshall of Ulster
Leinster's Isaac Boss tackled by Luke Marshall of Ulster

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor believes the laws of rugby need to be looked at in the wake of his side’s 22-20 win at Ravenhill.

Ulster had prop Tom Court sent off while Leinster had Rob Kearney sin binned for a high tackle which could have been red , Rhys Ruddock was yellowed carded while Zane Kirchner went unpunished for taking a player out in the air.

“I didn’t hand any of them out so I don’t know anything about them, it was unfortunate but that is the law if you put a bloke on his head or neck it’s a red card end off,” said O’Connor

“That is the way the law makers have gone in relation to taking blokes out in the air whether accidentally or deliberately and there is not much you can do about it.”

“I think at the end of the season we need to look at it because it is a contact and collision sport.

“There is no malice in it unfortunately sometimes people get hurt, I think we have to look at it in the sense of not altering the result because there are accidents in the game and things that happening in the game.

“You probably need to at a reporting system like rugby league has where you sit down on a Monday or Tuesday when the emotion has gone.”

“People want to see rugby played and they didn’t see much and that is what is disappointing and that is what the law makers have to understand, there was no malice in any of those incidents, it was a really physical potentially fantastic game of rugby.”

“It’s not Luke Pearce’s (referee) fault that’s the laws, he’s a young man and I though he refereed very well but it changes the dynamics of the game.”

In spite of having a numerical advantage for the majority of the game and only winning by two points O’Connor was happy to leave Belfast with four points that cement’s Leinster’s place at the top of the table.

“I thought we were pretty good by and large. I thought we defended pretty well. I thought we lacked a bit of structure, but that’s going to happen relative to them doing their damnedest to hold on and do whatever it takes to not let you score tries.”

“We’re always happy to come away with a win at Ravenhill. We’ve got a big opportunity next week at home against Edinburgh to control our destiny and put ourselves in a good position.”

The result guaranteed Ulster’s place in the semi finals meaning three of the top for are Irish and O’Connor believes that shows the strength in depth in Ireland.

“It’s a fantastic place for Irish rugby and the Pro12 is getting stronger and stronger, it’s really pleasing that there’s three strong Irish provinces.”

“Munster has driven Leinster to be good, Leinster’s driven Ulster to be good, and all the provinces are chasing each other, really keen to do well.

“I think they’re all running really good programmes, they’re all very, very passionate about their rugby and have great support bases,” O’Connor added.