Wales backer Wyn Jones has denied he and his teammates are trying to get an opponent’s red card with their reactions to foul play.
French lock Paul Willemse was sent off for making contact with Jones’ eye area during the game against Wales in Paris, just 13 minutes from the game.
The Blues managed to score two tries in the final five minutes to win the game despite Willemse’s red card, as Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams were both sent to the trash for cynical play.
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Despite the victory, France head coach Fabien Galthie searched Wales, accusing them of attempting to expel opposition players for misdemeanor.
“If you look at the Wales players you get the impression that they specialize in making sure the opponents get red cards,” Galthie said, through a translator.
“Their body language is pretty clear, I hope the referees take that into account. I don’t think he deserves a sanction.
“This is definitely not the case.
Jones was speaking on the BBC’s Scrum V podcast of the French coach’s comments, denying that he or anyone else on the Welsh squad is exaggerating his injuries after incidents of foul play.
“It wasn’t even Alun Wyn (Wales captain) who picked it up with the referee, it was Wayne Barnes who said:” You might have to take a look at this incident “Said Jones.
“It certainly isn’t and it’s definitely not a place rugby wants to go either. With all the cameras and stuff these days, you can’t get away with anything anyway.
“I think it was accidental, he narrowly missed the cleanup and grabbed everything he could.”
The Welshman explained that he and his teammates made no attempt to appeal to the officials and that it was TMO Wayne Barnes who brought the incident to the attention of field referee Luke Pearce.
“It wouldn’t be worth it for me to come home, to be honest with you [if I did that], so you won’t catch me doing that.
“It all happened so quickly, you’re just trying to get back on line. It is only when the whistle blows that you think about what just happened here. It all happened so fast. By the time I realized, the referee was on top.
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