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I think the discussion seems to be the rules versus the situation.
On the ESPN site Mike Phillips puts it well saying [pretty much] that it's a
semi final, of course blokes are flying at each other, and referee's should remember that before dishing out the cards.
They spend long enough using the technology to deliberate over tries, so it's not like time wasting is the issue...
He goes on to say the French didn't deserve the win, and went through on luck and grace, rather than merit. [brave, seeing as his club is Bayonne]
I think Rolland was wrong, but in order for integrity to remain, he should take a broader look at an incident, like he would a try.
That said, the rulebook doesn't use 'atmosphere' or 'level' as a gauge, which keeps 5,6 front rowers like me safe and sound.
I was heartbroken for Warburton, but that's the way it goes.
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