Hogg denies ‘biting’ Springbok in Lions defeat

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British & Irish Lions fullback Stuart Hogg has denied he bit rival Willie le Roux on the arm throughout Saturday’s 27-9 defeat to South Africa after accusations surfaced on social media following the match.

A scuffle involving many of the gamers on the pitch befell in an ill-tempered first half, resulting in a confrontation between Hogg and Le Roux. The Scotsman might be seen together with his face buried in Le Roux’s arm, however he has denied any wrongdoing.

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“Following hypothesis that has surfaced on-line, I wish to categorically deny any foul play in final evening’s recreation,” Hogg mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

“I might by no means chunk an opponent and I’m irritated and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation. I’ve at all times been happy with taking part in rugby within the spirit of the sport.

“Respect to the Springboks for his or her deserved win yesterday. The squad is hurting after final evening’s defeat, but it surely’s all to play for subsequent week. It may be a cup ultimate and everybody’s going to be up for it.”

Le Roux and the South Africa aspect haven’t commented on the accusations.

There have been various flashpoints and incidents of foul play throughout the match, with each groups diminished to 14 gamers after yellow playing cards for the Lions’ South African-born wing Duhan van der Merwe and Bok flyer Cheslin Kolbe.

Kolbe was lucky to not get a purple card when he linked with airborne Lions scrumhalf Conor Murray, an incident that would but get the eye of the citing commissioner.

The sequence is locked at 1-1 heading into the third and ultimate match on the Cape City Stadium on Saturday.

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