Tom Court counts on Ulster making final for swansong

Ulster's Tom Court
Ulster's Tom Court

Departing prop, Tom Court, could still have a happy end to an eight year career with Ulster if the club get to the final of the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday May 31.

The 33-year-old Austrlian-born front row. who is leaving the Irish Province at the end of the season, did not have the Ravenhill send-off he had hoped for when he was red-carded for a ‘tip tackle’ against Leinster last Friday.

Yesterday Court was supsended for two weeks meaning he misses Saturday’s game at Munster and next week’s play-offs.

Ulster will know their opponents on Saturday night after the final round of games in the regular league season.

Court attended a disciplinary hearing in Wales on Thursday when the committee decided the offence was at the low end of the International Rugby Board’s scale of sanctions for dangerous lifting tackles.

The player’s acceptance of the red card and his previous excellent disciplinary record were taken into account.

Court is suspended until midnight, Sunday May 18 and has the right of appeal.

Ulster’s losing bonus point in last week’s 22-20 loss to Ravenhill ensured they would finish in fourth place in the standings meaning an away game in the semi-finals.

If current leaders Leinster were to win the league Ulster were probably travel to Dublin on Saturday, May 17, but if Glasgow (currently second) were to take top spot the semi-final would be played on Friday, May 16 at Scotstoun.

Third placed Munster are still in a position to get a home semi, if either of the top two were to slip up.