Sunday 21 January 2018

baffled by criticism of our best ref rolland

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

Somewhere in the aftermath of Friday's Ravenhill belter, I heard a comment criticising the referee. It left me speechless.

Alain Rolland was on top of his game and clearly central to the Belfast spectacle we all enjoyed.

Rolland was outstanding in law interpretation, use of technology (TMO) and -- more than anything -- in his assertive interaction with the players.

Rolland (left) is quite simply the best referee this country has ever produced, and only when the soon-to-retire whistler is gone, will he be fully appreciated.

Enjoy him while you can, because when he blows for the last time the game is going to be much the poorer for his retirement.

Irish Independent

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