Ireland had a tough afternoon against the Welsh in the Millennium Stadium this afternoon, losing the game 23-16.
There are many reasons why theWelsh side, but for a lot of Ireland supporters the finger of blame is pointed firmly in one direction - toward the man in black.
To be fair, some were complaining about England’s Wayne Barnes being the choice of referee even before the game started.
Wayne Barnes is the ref! Bloody hell! #Ireland— Sarah Morris 💙💛💙💛 (@sazzybm) March 14, 2015
Bugger. Wayne Barnes is referree today. Should be some spectacularly bad calls to look forward to. #IREvWAL— Staying at home Steph aka #preganenny (@Stephanenny) March 14, 2015
Wayne Barnes is going make a boll** of what could be a great game! #IRLvWAL— John Glennon (@Johnglennon5) March 14, 2015
Then the game kicked off and the whistle started blowing.
Barnes will beat Ireland. Wales may tag along. #6n— Eoin ó B (@obeoin) March 14, 2015
Even George Hook is complaining.
Maybe Barnes could feel the hostility coming his way across the Irish Sea.
Barnes checks his phone, he has a text. "Don't make it so obvious Wayne". Advantage Ireland!— Staying at home Steph aka #preganenny (@Stephanenny) March 14, 2015
In the interest of fairness it’s worth pointing out that not everybody thinks he is helping the Welsh and we may be a teeny bit biased.
Wayne Barnes having a good game! These Irish forwards continuously go down to the wire & tend to deliberately hang around off-side!— David Buik (@truemagic68) March 14, 2015
The laws of RU need a good looking at and tweaking, don't blame Wayne Barnes he is doing his job as per the rule book.— Dave Swanton(Swanny) (@SwannyMediaMan) March 14, 2015