Sexton: Steyn not dirty player

Leinster No 10 Johnny Sexton defended Frans Steyn after being high tackled by the Montpellier flyhalf during their European Champions Cup clash on Friday.

Steyn was red-carded for the incident in the 27th minute of the match, which Leinster went on to win 57-3.

VIDEO: Frans Steyn red-carded for high tackle

'It felt like a forward when Frans hit me,' Sexton said. 'When I looked back at the incident on TV I expected it to be one of their back row forwards.

'I know Frans well and he's a good guy.

It looked as though I was ducking down into it a little bit, so it could have been accidental. But with these new laws you can't afford to be reckless.

'It was probably a yellow card before, but now it's a red. I felt for him because he's not a dirty player.'

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