Wednesday , February 24 2021

SEE: Wayne Barnes could fight to control Ireland-All Blacks – Eddie O & Sullivan

Former Irish coach joined Monday Night Rugby with Eir Sport

Eddie O & S; Sullivan believes that the referee for Ireland against All Blacks this Saturday – Wayne Barnes – will fight to control the game.

Eddie was talking Monday Night Rugby with Eir Sport, in response to Johnny Sexton's comments about the referee this afternoon. Sexton wanted to emphasize that Ireland should have knowledge of its discipline, having bad experiences with Barnes in the past.

"Our discipline, in the list of things [that are important] – It's up there, "said Sexton.

"Coming up on the wrong side of Wayne Barnes in the past, then it's something we'll have to look even more for this week. We try to play with the letter of the law but, for some reason, in certain games we are not entitled.

"We really need to have a look at ourselves and see how we can be more attentive here," concluded Sexton.

Eddie was in a less conciliatory way in the ability of Wayne Barnes to handle the showpiece this weekend.

"It's been a long time, but my experience has been that if a game gets very frantic, it tends to lose control of the game very easily and get whistles, happy to calm down. It can be very hard on your calls," he said Eddie.

"If the game becomes a very fast physical game, as it probably is, I think he could fight. He seems to lose his composure.

"He is very good at law, he understands the law very well as he is a lawyer for trade.

"I think that, sometimes in certain games, it is a bit nervous. It can be very hissing and making very hard calls. I think it could be a problem on Saturday if the game opens and is very frantic and there is a lot of physicality.

"If there is a limit to it then – if there are a couple of late hits or something like that […] It would not be the best place for him.

"Ireland is playing messages saying that" we know that it punishes us more than any other referee.

"That is a tactical move by Joe Schmidt."

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