Brian O’Driscoll Not Impressed By Munster Star’s Actions In Quarter Final Win

Big sell.

Former Leinster and Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll is not impressed with Tadhg Beirne’s actions in Munster’s Champions Cup quarter final win over Edinburgh on Saturday.

Beirne was on the receiving end of an off the ball hit from Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman late in the second-half that resulted in referee Pascal Gauzere reversing a penalty against Munster that gave them field position for Keith Earls’ decisive score.

While O’Driscoll agrees it “probably is a penalty”, he reckons Beirne milked it by and doesn’t think it’s a “good look for the game.”

“If he’s your teammate, you go ‘thanks for milking us the penalty’ and if you are looking from outside you go ‘come on, get up’ and in the words of Nigel Owens, ‘this isn’t soccer, lads’,” O’Driscoll said on Monday’s Off The Ball.

“I’ve seen some stuff on social media and people are not happy with the manner he threw himself to the ground. There was no doubt he gets impacted but it’s a big sell. The dramatics of the fall is definitely what caught the TMO’s eye.”

“Ultimately it probably is a penalty but I don’t think you have to sell it that way. I don’t think it’s a good look for our game.”

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