‘Very stunned with the method of Wayne Barnes… however in France you do not get all the images’

The Rugby Pod hosts Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton imagine Finn Russell was exhausting completed by with final Friday’s Guinness Six Nations purple card, suggesting that French TV didn’t assist referee Wayne Barnes by not displaying the official footage of the controversial France versus Scotland incident that was shot from the opposite facet of the pitch.

Scottish out-half Russell was red-carded for his collision with French full-back Brice Dulin through the re-arranged spherical three championship match that had been postponed in February. The lack of Russell didn’t stop Scotland from happening to defeat France and provides the Six Nations title to Wales.   

Nevertheless, Pod duo Goode and Hamilton don’t imagine the purple card brandished by Barnes and the following three-match ban handed all the way down to Scotland star Russell have been merited. 

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Reflecting on the Stade de France sending off that heightened the anxiousness through the closing phases of the 27-23 Scotland win, ex-England out-half Goode stated: “We speak weekly about the place the sport of rugby goes and there have been debates about having your arm near your physique, having your arm outstretched. 

“For me, Finn Russell has obtained his hand open, he’s attempting to fend him [Dulin] off with a handoff to the shoulder. Then the contact is the forearm. For those who nonetheless it, you see the place the contact is made and it’s on his shoulder. 

“I used to be very stunned with the method of Wayne Barnes, the very best referee on the planet, however he can solely go off the images they have been displaying and once more in France you don’t get all the images. I imagine there’s a image from the opposite facet – and I’ve seen a replay of it now – of the particular manner Finn Russell is attacking.

“From face on, his hand is out attempting to fend somebody and it’s an unintended rugby incident the place he has landed and the contact has risen as much as Brice Dulin’s neck. I’m glad it didn’t change the course of the sport and I’m glad Scotland gained. For me, it’s not a purple card. When he lands on Dulin it appears to be like quite a bit worse than it’s however the first level of contact I assumed was his elbow simply across the shoulder.”

Ex-Scotland lock Hamilton added: “There’s no level speaking about it now as a result of there are not less than two or three (sendings off) every week that we will discuss however for my part, it’s not a purple card. There may be not an enormous quantity of power. It’s not head-on-head, it’s not shoulder-on-head. It’s a rugby incident, with out sounding like a fuddy-duddy. 

“Possibly it’s my fault, I texted Wayne through the week and my final message was no matter you do have a great recreation however don’t ship any Scots off – after which he despatched our greatest participant off. It didn’t have a lot impact. France had a yellow card as nicely in the previous few minutes of the sport and we gained so it doesn’t matter. It’s historical past. I don’t thoughts, I don’t care.”


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