I don't normally get steamed up over sports. But we woz robbed of the chance to play in the Rugby World Cup final. Warburton's sending off after 17 minutes in the semi-final between Wales and France was the sort of decision that can give refereeing a bad name. Why did Rolland (the ref) make such a knee-jerk response? Why didn't he consult his assistants? There was no malice in Warburton's tackle. But there was cynicism in France's entire approach to the game. If Wales had got through to the final – as they deserved – at least it would have been a good final, even though I expect their Southern Hemisphere opponent ultimately to win. But whether Australia or New Zealand win the other semi tomorrow, France can expect to be hammered. France did not even deserve to get through the group stage. They certainly shouldn't be in the final.
October 15, 2011 Author Article News Opinion