What a fantastic match, Wales’ young back row matched or dominated their veteran South African counterparts for long periods of time. Mike Phillips at 9 caused just as many problems has his opponent “Best Halfback in the World” Fourie Du Preez and further out at inside centre Jamie Roberts reprised his Lions performances against the Boks…do we hear any of this in the MSM today?
Don’t be silly! Despite an all-round refereeing performance that I suggest local whistler Bryce Lawrence study very hard on video – a fantastic demonstration of how to ref the tackle area between two powerful combatitive packs – what do we get?
“Barnes blunder costs…”; “Controversial English Referee….” and "Another blunder from Wayne...". You're not escaping my derision either, Inv.
Apparently “One News Presenter” Peter Williams reckons it went over, well with exactly the same video to go on “Keeping Stock Blogger” James Stephenson reckons he’s wrong and the touch judges were right. The ball clearly describes a curve passing pretty much over the top of the right-hand upright. Maybe if the post had been taller it could have richocheted in, maybe not.
However the fact remains, the touch judges gave the decision and Barnes had no reason to overrule. I know you’re all still struggling to get over that match against France four years ago, but in that game it was also the touch judge who was in position to call the forward pass, it wasn’t Barnes’ fault then and nobody is at fault now.