There was an agonising end to the RBS 6 Nations for Wales as they were finally beaten in the 100th minute of a weird match in Paris as France finally conjured up a match-winning try after a stream of penalties.
Asked whether France had cheated, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said: "I would not use that word but I think there will have to be someone looking at it".
As you can imagine, it was far from ideal given the French pack has proven one of the strongest in world rugby this year, and yet they chose to make a highly controversial decision that led the Wales coach, Rob Howley, to "question the integrity of our game".
There had been no obvious collision and Barnes confirmed last night that when he asked the player if there was a problem before the doctor reached him Atonio [brought up in Auckland and fluent in English] replied that he had a sore back but was OK.
The Six Nations authorities have launched an investigation into the furore surrounding France's dramatic victory over Wales after Les Bleus were accused of contravening the spirit of rugby. No one seems to know who he's coming on for though and it's all becoming a bit farcical, but eventually Halfpenny makes his way off. Match ends at 99:55. "The evidence was inconclusive in terms of the images that were shown to the referees and ultimately they've made a decision on that and it's absolutely fine", Howley said. How coincidental. That Atonio walked down the tunnel alone, without a medic for the HIA, did not go unnoticed.
The French camped out in the Welsh 22m area and a series of scrums saw frontrow players from both sides come and go.
Afterward, Rob Howley was furious, questioning the French integrity.
Lee has been sent to the sin bin for the offence that lead to the penalty.
"Of course, if the prop is complaining about a head injury, player welfare is important". It's here where World Rugby need to clear up the ruling on time management by the officials, otherwise similar instances can and will occur.
Rhys Webb was lucky not to get carded for taking out France skipper Guilhem Guirado off the ball early in the second period as the home side ratcheted up the pressure. "The evidence suggests it wasn't in line with the integrity of our game". But someone has come outside and the doctor has gone on to the field at a break in play.
Barnes acknowledged that there were bite marks but the television official could not see any act of foul play. Their points total and tries scored is the lowest since 2008.
He cited, as well, a distinct bite mark on the left arm of George North as further evidence of malpractice in those climactic final minutes.
After victory over Ireland, finishing fifth was not the end to the Six Nations Championship that Wales had anticipated.