Diabolical for Barnes
Stuart Barnes says that Alain Rolland's decision to send off Wales' Sam Warburton was a terrible call.
Last Updated: 19/10/11 4:47pm
Stuart Barnes told Sky Sports News HD that Alain Rolland's decision to send off Sam Warburton was a terrible call.
The controversial sending off of Warburton proved decisive as Wales crashed out of the Rugby World Cup 9-8 to France.
Warburton saw red after 18 minutes of an enthralling semi-final at Eden Park after referee Alain Rolland adjudged the Wales skipper had dangerously tackled Vincent Clerc.
"It was a diabolical decision from Alain Rolland," said Barnes on Sky Sports New HD.
"I was talking to double-winning World Cup legend Tim Horan who said we should use the rugby league system. Yellow card and put the player on report and then see what happens in the morning.
"If anyone had looked at that afterwards they would have said that ten minutes was sufficient for Warburton. It's not ten minutes, it's 60 minutes plus and Wales' World Cup hopes dashed and the inferior team are now in the final.
"It is awful for Warburton, terrible for Wales and it is bad for the competition."