The clock showed 99 minutes and 55 seconds when
In failing to award a penalty try,
“We were refereed like a small team, and it’s very painful. Barnes told me that we were not dominant enough in the scrum. But the Welsh were rigging every scrum,” Maestri said.
“They were letting themselves get turned. It’s down to the referee to spot it.”
Maestri added that Barnes’ failure to award a penalty try showed he had lost control.
“It was verging on nuclear warfare on the sidelines, and the referee didn’t react,” he said.
“I knew that Barnes, whom I’ve gotten to know over time, would not award a penalty try. But my players did not make any mistake,” he said.
“We were more stubborn that Mr Barnes.”
Wales were equally upset in the aftermath, however, accusing the French of making an unlawful substitution, which coach Rob Howley said brought the game’s integrity into disrepute.
Starter Rabah Slimani was allowed back on as replacement prop Uini Atonio was taken off for a head injury assessment. Howley said he believes the substitution was planned.
“What happened in the last moments of that game shouldn’t ever happen again,” said Howley.
“One of the coaches had a word with their doctor and within a minute of that their tighthead went off. The evidence suggests that it’s not in the integrity of our game.”