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The first 80 minutes though were very poor and inconsistent, I doubt it's a game he will relish re-watching!
The BBC yesterday were reporting the French prop was swopped 11 mins into overtime it was actually 5 seconds and Barnes asking the prop was he injured was in the 80 mins
it was a new Welsh prop coming on at 97 mins which nearly caused WB to get most annoyed and caused confusion with the 4th official
I believe a lot of untrue's have been spoken and written on the subject but WB handled it as well as any ref could have done
The French props head injury caused him to limp, somebody's toothmarks appeared on Norths arm (and he didnt bite himself)neither sets of coaches covered themselves in glory during or after the 20min period
In my opinion Sir handled this well and correctly, even if my one-eyed Welsh perspective was praying for a knock-on or some other French infringement
As for the replacement of the prop...
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ROLLO wrote:I think that Wayne Barnes did , as others have said , as well as he could . With a loose forward in the lock position there was only one way the Welsh scrum was going to go. I think also a little credit to Wales for bringing on Francis, they could have claimed an injury and gone to uncontested scrums- imagine the furore then.
When a player is replaced the team are required to state if it is a substitution or an injury replacement. This is recorded at the time. No credit at all can be given to Wales, more the opposite in fact as they indeed tried to say Francis was injured by not sending him on meaning they would go to uncontested scrums. However Mr. Barnes asked for clarification on the stated reason for the replacement and it was confirmed that Francis had not left the field through injury so Wales had to send him back on. Wales then took some time to decide who would leave the field before eventually deciding to remove Halfpenny.
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