Wales hit back at France after shocking accusations as Ken Owens slammed manager’s ‘ridiculous’ comments

Wales hit back at France after shocking accusations as Ken Owens slammed manager's 'ridiculous' comments

Ken Owens dismissed comments from France boss Fabian Galthie as “ridiculous” following Wales’ heartbreaking 32-30 loss to Paris.
The Blues denied Wayne Pivac’s side a Grand Slam on Saturday night and kept their title hopes alive with a game against Scotland remaining.

They finished the job with 14 men after Paul Willemse received a red card in the 67th minute for making contact with Wyn Jones’ right eye during a clearance in a scrum.

The incident was missed by referee Luke Pearce, who was alerted to it by TV game manager Wayne Barnes.

After the match, Galthie launched an astonishing attack on Wales, saying: “You see how the Welsh are red card specialists, and can specialize in opposition red cards.

“They play their part, Welsh body language.

“I hope the officials decide that this sanction is not necessary for Paul Willemse. ”

But Welsh hooker Owens had no suggestion that the Welsh players do everything possible to give their opponents their marching orders.

“Well, all I can really do is defend my teammates and say that one thing we don’t do on the pitch is actively try to get the opposition players sent off,” a- he declared.

“It’s kinda ridiculous if I’m completely honest because it’s something we’re not trying to do. Maybe he has his opinions – it’s up to Fabien. ”

After the game, head coach Pivac and captain Alun Wyn Jones declined to be drawn on comments.

France’s lock will now face a disciplinary hearing and is likely to miss Friday night’s final against Scotland.

Willemse’s red card was the third opponents Wales have received in these Six Nations. In the first round, Irishman Peter O’Mahony got one for a dangerous clearance over Tomas Francis.

Then Scotsman Zander Fagerson left the field for a similar incident which again involved free-headed pillar Jones. In both cases, direct contact was made with the head.

Following the game against Scotland, Fagerson’s brother Matt, who plays No.8 for Gregor Townsend’s side, also hit Wales.

Referee Luke Pearce (R) gives a red card to France’s Paul Willemse lock

He told the April edition of Rugby World magazine: “By the letter of the law that’s a red. There are probably a few more in the game but this is the one they picked up. There has to be a bit of common sense when it comes to the disciplinary process, however.

“They want the players to see the mistake in their own ways and not repeat it, and that’s fair enough, but it’s an accidental release.

“If Wyn Jones didn’t roll on the floor… it was pathetic. He appealed to the referee, got nothing and then stayed on the floor. ”

Fagerson also added that Wales was “nothing special”.


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