Ulster wing Baloucoune gets two-week ban for tackle on Munster's Sweetnam

Robert Baloucoune
Baloucoune will sit out Ulster's Pro14 matches away to Connacht and Leinster

Ulster wing Robert Baloucoune has been given a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Munster's Darren Sweetnam in the Pro14 match on 21 December.

The 21-year-old was shown a yellow card for the incident which happened in the first minute of the match in Belfast.

Baloucoune went on to score Ulster's second try as Dan McFarland's side claimed a 19-12 victory.

The suspension followed a disciplinary panel via video conference on Thursday afternoon.

The academy wing was regarded as fortunate not to get a red card for taking out winger Sweetnam, who was off the ground, directly from Billy Burns' opening kick-off.

Referee Sean Gallagher deemed a sin-binning to be the appropriate punishment and Baloucoune was later cited for the incident.

The disciplinary committee's ruling said the offence merited a 'low end-range entry point' of four weeks.

That period was halved because of 'the player's previously clean disciplinary record, his admission that his actions warranted a red card and the co-operation of both the player and his club throughout the process'.

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