Some Leinster fans not pleased that Wayne Barnes is refereeing their clash with Toulon
Published 13/04/2015 | 21:34
England's Wayne Barnes has been confirmed as the referee for Leinster's clash with Toulon in the Stade Felix Mayol in Marseille.
The barrister is known for his meticulous style and didn't gain many fans among Irish supporters in the defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations this season.
Leinster are already big outsiders for the game as they come up against a Toulon side that has not been beaten in Europe since their Challenge Cup defeat to Biarritz in 2012.
Leinster optimism will also have been dented by their late capitulation against Dragons which saw them cough up a 22-8 lead, before ultimately being beaten 25-22 at Rodney Parade.
It was a demoralising defeat despite the fact that most of Leinster's main players were rested ahead of next Sunday's showdown in the south of France.
The announcement of Barnes' appointment will have done little to quell fears among Leinster fans, even though the last time Wayne Barnes refereed Leinster in a European semi-final they beat Clermont at the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux.
Nigel Owens and Greg Garner will be his assistant referees.
Ireland's George Clancy will referee the Saracens-Clermont semi.
Here was some of the reaction to Barnes' selection on Twitter:
Oh joy Wayne Barnes referee for this weekend!— Edel Mc Auliffe (@delsey83) April 13, 2015
@ProperChurch Been studying how to read Wayne Barnes interpretation of the scrum then? Fruitless exercise mate. He just tosses a coin...— Tomas O'Neill (@TomasBONeill) April 13, 2015
How happy do ya think the #LeinsterRugby players were, to hear, Wayne Barnes will be refereeing their next match - Answer: Not Very !— G4R7 ™ (@SoLiT4rYm4N) April 13, 2015
Trying to react to the Wayne Barnes news but he's even pinging the tears on my cheek for not rolling quickly enough. ;-)— Harpin' On Rugby (@HarpinOnRugby) April 13, 2015