‘Ridiculous’: Former Aussie coach unloads
England coach Eddie Jones has slammed the red card shown to All Blacks lock Scott Barrett as "ridiculous", saying the Wallabies were beneficiaries of another case of inconsistent Test refereeing.
Barrett's red card near half-time of New Zealand's 47-26 loss in Perth on Saturday has drawn polarising views but former Australia coach Eddie Jones was in no doubt French referee Jerome Garces got it wrong.
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Jones urged World Rugby to stop big games being "destroyed by inconsistent match officials" after Barrett was marched when his shoulder made contact with the head of Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.
A Sanzaar judiciary is yet to rule on a dangerous tackle charge but Jones said the on-field red card was too harsh and feared such decisions would ruin key clashes at the World Cup in Japan.
"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," he said.
Jones' comments came in the wake of England's 33-19 win over Wales at Twickenham on Monday morning (AEDT).
The veteran coach said there were two examples of similar Welsh indiscretions that resulted in penalties but no card of any colour.
He is believed to be referring to incidents involving Wales halfback Aled Davies and No. 8 Ross Moriarty.
"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 said.
"I thought it was ridiculous. A bloke gets tackled, (Barrett) goes to be second man in and his shoulder hits his (Hooper's) head and he gets a red card. We can't have that in the game.
"There has to be some common sense applied but maybe common sense was applied today really well. But what I'm saying is that we need to have some consistency and common sense. I think it's really important for the game."
England's win deprived Wales of the No. 1 world ranking.
Victory would have handed Six Nations champions Wales the top spot for the first time, ending New Zealand's decade-long reign.
Barrett faced the judiciary in Perth last night facing a maximum ban of six weeks, however a verdict has yet to be announced.