AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - The referee did his best to spoil the Rugby World Cup semi-final between Wales and France in the 18th minute,15 October. Welsh captain Sam Warburton was given a red card for a dangerous tackle when he upended a French player in an exuberant way but one which barely justified a yellow card, and certainly not a red. The Welsh fourteen held the French, scored the only try of the game and could have won had one of their kicks succeeded. Francois Pienaar, ex-captain of the World Cup winning Springboks was livid while commentating: accusing the ref of killing the game and allowing one of the weaker teams of the World Cup to get through to the final. Even the French TV commentators seemed rather apologetic about playing weakly but still going through, where the French team will meet either the New Zealand All Blacks or the Australian Wallabies.