Stuart Hogg denies BITING South Africa’s Willie le Roux during second Test fracas as Lions full-back says he is ‘annoyed and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation’… as he faces wait to see if any disciplinary proceedings will happen over incident
- South Africa beat the British & Irish Lions 27-9 to set up series decider
- The alleged incident involving Hogg and Le Roux happened in the second half
- The fight broke out after Cheslin Kolbe’s yellow-card challenge on Conor Murray
- Le Roux reported the incident, and Hogg has a nervous wait for the outcome
The Scotland captain endured a disappointing game as the tourists were beaten 27-9 and a bad night became worse when claims were made against him. Still images and video footage showed Hogg’s face apparently in contact with the arm of Le Roux, who reportedly suggested to the officials that he had been bitten.
South African media were quick to seize upon what was perceived to be evidence of a heinous offence. Hogg must wait to discover whether he will face any disciplinary proceedings but he has spoken out in an attempt to clear his name.
Willie le Roux (fourth left) accused Stuart Hogg (left) of biting him in the second half
In a statement released by the Lions, he said: ‘Following speculation that has surfaced online, I would like to categorically deny any foul play in last night’s game.
‘I would never bite an opponent and I am annoyed and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation. I’ve always been proud of playing rugby in the spirit of the game.
‘Respect to the Springboks for their deserved win yesterday. The squad is hurting after last night’s defeat, but it’s all to play for next week. It’s going to be a cup final and everyone’s going to be up for it.’
Le Roux (left) reported the incident during South Africa’s 27-9 victory over the Lions
Hogg could be punished for the incident, and is in doubt of featuring in the third Test