Sebastien Vahaamahina should be ashamed of his actions after being sent off in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final, according to former Wales international Gareth Thomas.
France scored three tries in the first half and were leading 19-10 after 49 minutes when Vahaamahina struck flanker Aaron Wainwright in the face with his elbow.
Referee Jaco Peyper had no hesitation in sending him off and the French second row held his hand up in apology to his team-mates, but even that infuriated Thomas.
‘As he’s walking off and he’s apologising to his players, I’d be like ‘don’t apologise now, it’s too late’,’ Thomas told ITV.
‘That is an intentional act of violence and there’s no place for that on a rugby field.
‘So an apology, to me… I’d rather you just walk off and take that shame. You deserve the shame of it.
‘It’s not a very nice feeling, being sent off and doing that walk of shame.
‘But when you do something like that, that’s so intentional and so vicious that you deserve all the negativity that comes with it.’
The dismissal felt like redemption for the likes of captain Alun Wyn Jones and coach Warren Gatland, who were both involved in the 2011 semi-final defeat.
On that occasion, Sam Warburton was sent off in the first 20 minutes against France for a tip tackle and Wales were beaten by one point.
Ross Moriarty’s late try to give the men in red a 20-19 victory eight years later and Wales will now face either Japan or South Africa for a place in a first ever Rugby World Cup final.
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