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Wayne Barnes Rightly Hammered For Farcical French Red Card Non-Decision

Wayne Barnes Rightly Hammered For Farcical French Red Card Non-Decision
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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The opening period of Ireland - France gave us everything we wanted and more, from what looks like the deciding game of the Six Nations.

A brilliant Hugo Keenan try straight out of the Joe Schmidt play book, a length of the field French score, and a ridiculous acrobatic finish from James Lowe, all inside the first 20 minutes.

It didn't end there, however, as France got away with an extremely luck yellow card after a clear shoulder to head tackle from Uini Atonio on Rob Herring.

Following the hit, Johnny Sexton made a superb line break which nearly resulted in a try, before Wayne Barnes brought the play back to have another look at the Atonio hit.

After all we have been lead to believe over the last year regarding the laws around dangerous high hits, it was big shock and a poor call from Barnes for deciding that there was enough mitigation to award just a yellow.

Wayne Barnes Somehow Gives A Yellow For Shocking Hit

It was about as obvious of a red card that you are ever likely to see.

The fact that Wayne Barnes did not send the Frenchman off is nothing short of unbelievable. It has high, out of control, used a huge amount of force, and injured his opponent.


Despite Barnes questioning the 'danger' of the tackle, Rob Herring was forced off the pitch for a HIA and looked very much shaken by the incident.


Those who were watching the game could not believe what they had just witnessed.

Not good enough. He must have been the only person in the stadium or watching on television that thought it wasn't a red card.

This sort of thing should not still be happening.

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