England coach Eddie Jones believes the red card dished out to All Blacks lock Scott Barrett in the Test against the Wallabies was a ‘ridiculous’ call.
On Sunday, Eddie Jones’ England claimed a comfortable win over Wales, and immediately after that game, the outspoken coach called for World Rugby to take a stand in order to ensure there is greater consistency when it comes to the high-tackle law.
Jones felt there were at least two incidents during the game which could have led to a red card in the battle against Wales.
‘I thought there was an issue with the referee,’ Jones commented. ‘We saw a red card yesterday [Saturday], which affected the game.
‘We need to get some consistency into that area of the game. In the World Cup if you lose a player through a red card as New Zealand did yesterday, it makes the game very difficult.
‘I thought we saw two instances today [Sunday] where that could have happened. I urge World Rugby, although I don’t think they do anything at great pace do they, to get some consistency in that area because otherwise we will have games being destroyed by an inconsistent official making a decision on a law that’s not clear.’
Jones added that there was no doubt that Barrett should not have been sent off in the Rugby Championship clash.
‘I thought it was ridiculous. A bloke gets tackled, he goes to be second man in and his shoulder hits his head and he gets a red card.
‘We can’t have that in the game.’
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