“He doesn’t.” Barnes, under enormous strain, saw nothing illegal. Argentinian touch judge, Federico Anselmi, seemingly made the call from the blindside.
“No,” was Schmidt’s answer the following Thursday when asked if a clear explanation had followed from Barnes or his boss Joël Jutge.
Noises from embattled interim coach Rob Howley are about Welsh failure to turn “dominance” into a “clinical” or “accurate” performance. “Wales have been sloppy,” said Keith Wood on Newstalk in reference to Dan Biggar and Wyn Jones disagreeing at a pivotal moment in defeat to Scotland.
Schmidt even balked recently at the mere suggestion that Ireland lean heavily on the one out runner. Against France, Heaslip and O’Brien shared 30 carries – 17 and 13 – for a 39 metre gain but their South African colleague covered the same ground with his herculean 23 rumbles.
How will Barnes, in his first Six Nations game this season as the referee, call the breakdown?
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