Referee Angus Gardner baffled almost everyone when he decided to yellow card Alun Wyn Jones for absolutely no reason.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “One of the all-time awful decisions from Angus Gardner there, to overrule his own touch judge when he’s completely and utterly wrong…”
Another added: “Officials should also face the fate of being ‘dropped’ from International Rugby for poor decisions. Well done Angus Gardner, ego & pride over Technology. AWJ yellow card a joke. Way to kill a team.”
Following the same line of thinking, another said: “Angus Gardner wrecked that yellow card call on Wyn Jones so badly. Wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to over-correct against a Boks player next.”
Five worst referee decisions, including Wayne Barnes shocker
1. Speargate on the Lions Tour
The first game of the Lions tour of New Zealand was swept into controversy following a horrific spear tackle on Captain Brian O’Driscoll, which ended his tour within minutes. The tackle, with O’Driscoll picked up by two players in the ruck, was against the rules, but the ref waved play on.
The moment caused a major knock-on effect in World Rugby, tightening up restrictions on spear tackling.