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British and Irish Lions beaten 27-9 by South Africa in second Test on Saturday; video footage emerged after the game of Stuart Hogg clashing with Willie le Roux, with some suggesting he bit his fellow full-back

Last Updated: 01/08/21 11:22am

Stuart Hogg (left) clashed with Willie le Roux (right)

Stuart Hogg (left) clashed with Willie le Roux (right)

Stuart Hogg has denied biting Willie le Roux during the British and Irish Lions’ defeat to South Africa on Saturday, adding he is “annoyed and upset” at the accusation.

Video footage emerged on social media on Saturday evening of Hogg’s clash with Le Roux, with some suggesting the Scotland international had bitten his fellow full-back.

But on Sunday morning, Hogg released a statement in which he firmly denied the claim, saying: “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.”

The incident occurred as the Lions’ fell to a 27-9 defeat in Cape Town as South Africa levelled the three-Test series at 1-1.

The Springboks’ director of rugby Rassie Erasmus had diverted attention onto the match officials in the build-up to the game after releasing videos criticising the performance of referee Nic Berry following their defeat in the first Test.

Former international referee Nigel Owens told Sky Sports that South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe was fortunate to only be yellow-carded after taking out Lions scrum-half Conor Murray in the air during the first half.

Kolbe’s team-mate Faf de Klerk escaped punishment for another tackle on Murray, while Lions wing Duhan van der Merwe avoided scrutiny for a tip tackle.

South Africa centre Damian de Allende was also unhappy with Maro Itoje, who appeared to kneel on his throat during a ruck but was not punished.

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