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WHAT THE SUNDAY PAPERS SAID...

"WORLD HEROES. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO REMEMBER A MATCH EVEN IN THE GOLDEN ERA OF WELSH RUGBY AFTER WHICH THE PEOPLE OF WALES COULD BE MORE CHESTS-OUT PROUD OF THEIR TEAM."

Stephen Jones, Sunday Times "FRANCE HELD ON: 15 HAD BEATEN 14 WITHOUT AMBITION, WITHOUT A COACH. IT WAS GOING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR RUGBY UNION; INSTEAD IT TURNED INTO A HORRIBLE NIGHT."

Eddie Butler, The Observer.

"YELLOW, YES: RED NO. ANY MATCH, LET ALONE A WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL, IS FOR THE PLAYERS AND THE FANS, NOT FOR THE HIDEBOUND DETAIL OF DISCIPLINARY PROTOCOL. THE CONTEST, AS WELL AS THE SPECTACLE, WAS GRIEVOUSLY SCARRED BY ROLLAND'S PEDANTRY."

Mick Clearly, Sunday Telegraph.

"STRIP AWAY THE EMOTION FROM A FABULOUSLY COURAGEOUS WELSH EFFORT AND ONLY ONE CONCLUSION REMAINS. ALAIN ROLLAND'S DECISION TO SHOW SAM WARBURTON THE RED CARD FOR A TIP-TACKLE ON VINCENT CLERC, A DECISION THAT SPARKED CONSIDERABLE CRITICISM AND RESENTMENT FROM THE WELSH CAMP, WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT."

Paul Ackford, Sunday Telegraph "IN THAT MOMENT, EVERYTHING CHANGED. THE AIR CAME HISSING OUT OF THE MATCH. AN OCCASION WHICH HAD BEEN BUBBLING WITH GLEEFUL PROMISE SUDDENLY PLUMMETED TO EARTH.

WARREN GATLAND WOULD LATER INSIST THAT ROLLAND SHOULD HAVE CONSIDERED AND CONSULTED, ALLOWING HIMSELF TIME TO ASSESS, THEN PRODUCED A CHASTENING YELLOW RATHER THAN A CONCLUSIVE RED.

IT IS A SEDUCTIVE ARGUMENT, WHICH ELEVATES THE SPIRIT ABOVE THE LETTER OF THE LAW."

Patrick Collins, Mail on Sunday "WALES PRODUCED ONE OF THE BRAVEST INTERNATIONAL REARGUARD ACTIONS I HAVE EVER SEEN.

BUT GETTING POINTS AT A CRITICAL TIME IS VITAL IN MODERN SPORT. WALES MISSED FOUR KICKS AT GOAL - A POTENTIAL TALLY OF 11 POINTS.

ONE OF THOSE KICKS WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH."

Barry John, Wales on Sunday "FROM THOSE BITTER ASHES OF EDEN PARK A STRONG WALES WILL GROW, WITH SAM WARBURTON AT THE VERY EPICENTRE OF IT ALL.

ON EVERY STEP OF THIS ULTIMATELY AGONISING WELSH JOURNEY THROUGH NEW ZEALAND, WARBURTON HAS LED FROM THE FRONT. HE REMINDS ME OF THE YOUNG RICHIE MCCAW."

Stuart Barnes, Sunday Times "THE SKIPPER'S RED CARD WAS SO DIFFICULT TO SWALLOW. FOR ME, IT WASN'T WARRANTED IN A MILLION YEARS. YOU CAN GO AROUND THE HOUSES WITH ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE LETTER OF THE LAW ALL YOU LIKE, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING MALICIOUS ABOUT THE CHALLENGE."

Graham Price, Wales on Sunday
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 17, 2011
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