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Monday Dec 24, 2018

Ulster winger takes 5 seconds to get himself in the record books for foul play

In what might go down as the quickest yellow card in history, Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune took less than 5 seconds to take out Munster’s Darren Sweetnam at the opening kickoff of their PRO 14 clash. While he appeared to simply be overzealous, he was fairly lucky it wasn’t red. 

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Undoubtedly, nerves got the better of Baloucoune as he was playing in his first interprovincial derby. He’s only been with the senior side for a short time as he made his debut against the Dragons in October.

He’ll hope to forget his opening moments of this match, however, as he honed in like a missile for Sweetnam’s legs on the very first play, flipping the winger and leaving the crowd groaning in frustration.

After a review of the TMO, the referee decided that yellow was the appropriate course of action.

There were those saying the situation called for a red card and that Baloucoune and Ulster were indeed lucky they didn’t start even deeper in the hole. Speaking of the moment, former coach Eddie O’Sullivan said: “He’s one lucky boy. I’ve seen red cards for less – by the letter of the law he should be gone.”

The good news for Baloucoune is that he appeared to get the nerves sorted early on before scoring a second-half try to help lead Ulster to a 19-12 home victory. They remain second behind Leinster in Conference B of the PRO 14.

Credit: devinZA

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