Ulster’s Sean Reidy Speaks Out About His Controversial Yellow Card & Penalty Try Decision


Ulster’s Sean Reidy has spoken for the first time regarding the decision to give him a yellow card and award Scarlets a penalty try in his side’s loss last weekend.

The decision was a hugely controversial one and came on the back of World Rugby’s new tackle law directives. Reidy tried to prevent a try from going in on the try-line, starting around the shoulders and ending high.

A lot of people made the argument that in order to stop someone from scoring, when coming in at a low body position, this is going to happen. His Ulster teammate Charles Piutau agreed, and believes these decisions will have an adverse affect on the game.


Speaking to The42, it seems Reidy agrees and believes that there needs to be an even balance when making this huge calls.

At the time I thought I wasn’t in the wrong,” Reidy said.

“I thought I made a positive tackle, but the referee saw it in a different light. It’s his call.

“The new rules have changed and you can’t make any contact around the area, even though during the game there were numerous tackles which were similar.”


The back-row then went as far as to openly question the directives.

“What can you do?” he said.

If you sort of dive at the bloke’s ankles, he’s going to float over the top, if you go too high, you’re going to be yellow carded. You need an even balance.”
Does Reidy have a point?

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