RUGBY: Leinster’s Jack McGrath cited following stamp on Ulster’s Rory Best

Leinster's Mike McCarthy and Jack McGrath tackle Rory Best
Leinster's Mike McCarthy and Jack McGrath tackle Rory Best

Ireland and Leinster prop, Jack McGrath, has been cited for an alleged stamp on an opponent.

Guinness PRO12 confirmed on Monday morning that McGrath was cited by an independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly stamping on an opponent during the Leinster v Ulster PRO12 derby in Dublin on Saturday.

The player’s hearing, before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee, will be held later this week.

McGrath can clearly be seen stamping on both ankles of Ireland front row colleague and Ulster skipper Rory Best in the 64th minute of the Guinness PRO12 match between the Provinces in Dublin on Saturday evening.

The Ulster skipper had made a tackle on Leinster centre, Luke Fitzgerald, but was rolling away from play as he should have been.

McGrath then came in and makes a downward motion at least twice on Best’s left ankle, a ruck motion and then a downward motion with his right leg again on Best’s right ankle.

Italian referee, Marius Mitrea, awarded a penalty for the incident but the anticipated yellow card expected never materialised.

Mitrea said to Leinster captain, Isaac Boss and McGrath: “He (Best) was rolling away, the ball was available and his feet were no where near the ball.

“Be very careful how to use your feet. It is just a penalty for now but be very careful,” Mitrea warned.

If cited and a disciplinary hearing upheld the citing complaint, McGrath could face a minimum two week match ban - the low entry sanction for the offence

Leinster won the PRO12 derby 24-11.