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Sunday May 26, 2019

Kearney escapes red card for reckless challenge on Stuart Hogg

Ireland and Leinster full back Rob Kearney received a yellow card for a challenge in the the air on Glasgow’s Stuart Hogg during Saturday’s Pro 14 final.

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The Scotland international’s head made contact with the ground as he landed but referee Nigel Owens said Hogg’s shoulder and neck made first contact with the turf, meaning a yellow card was sanctioned rather than a red.

The incident came in the 66th minute of the match and therefore a red card would have only kept Kearney off the pitch a further four minutes, but some Glasgow fans may have felt a sense of injustice at Celtic Park.

The game finished 15-18 to Leinster, meaning the Irish province defended their title to lift the Pro 14 trophy for the sixth time.

Here is some of the best reaction to the incident:

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