Clifford sees red!

A hearing for David Clifford’s controversial second yellow card picked up late in last Sunday’s game against Tyrone will not be sought by Kerry.

The rules regarding black and red cards and the totting up procedure have changed due to the new sin bin experiment.

Kerry would only have to seek a hearing after a player has picked up three red cards as a result of a six card combo. Under the old system, when you picked up three black cards, the CCCC would propose a one-match ban, based on the totting up rule.

The player then sought a hearing on the basis of contesting any one of the three black cards. This would only be done after receiving the third black card.

Conway’s potential absence a concern for Kerry hurlers

Kerry make the lengthy trip east to Trim hoping to make it three wins out of three in the League and boost their prospects of reaching the Division 2A Hurling League Final for the second season in a row.

Kerry commenced their 2020 League campaign with an expected easy win over Mayo in Castlebar. Their home win over Offaly last time out was a huge boost especially in light of the fact that Kerry were missing a number of key players and lost Michael Slattery early in that game with an injury.

Three of Causeway’s county championship winning defence were all absentees, brothers Evan and Captain Bryan Murphy as well as the outstanding young centre back Jason Diggins.

Irish rugby back on the charge after Welsh win

An Irish bonus-point win whilst depriving the opposition of any point at all was almost as unlikely as a Sinn Féin electoral surge last weekend but it would have made a nifty double with the bookies.

The chill wind of the World Cup was not diverted by Ireland’s ten-point win but there were a number of positives to be taken from the Irish performance.

The centres both made impressions when they ran and created the problems which resulted in Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway scoring tries.

Some of the Welsh defending was not up to standard, it should be borne in mind though.

There were also three critical moments in the game, the two most controversial going Ireland’s way.