Stuart sorry for Hogg(ing) red card

Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:20
Large stuart hogg scotland carded

Scotland's Stuart Hogg made a public apology after being sent off during his side's record Six Nations defeat by Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

Scotland's Stuart Hogg made a public apology after being sent off during his side's record Six Nations defeat by Wales in Cardiff at the weekend.

The fullback was given his marching orders at the Millennium Stadium by French referee Jerome Garces in the 22nd minute following a late shoulder charge into the face of Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar.

Garces initially produced a yellow card but, after viewing replays on the stadium's giant screen, changed it to a red.

Scotland, already seven points down and with captain Kelly Brown off the field with a head injury, then slumped to a 51-3 defeat - their heaviest loss to Wales and record reverse in the Six Nations against all opponents.

Wales scored seven tries in total, six after Hogg was dismissed, with the British and Irish Lion only the third Scotland player to be red-carded in a Test after Nathan Hines against the United States in 2002 and Scott Murray against Wales in 2006.

"I would like to apologise to my team-mates, the Scotland management and all Scotland supporters for what happened," Hogg said in a Scottish Rugby Union statement issued several hours after the match.

"I have let people down," he added. "I have said sorry in person to Dan Biggar and I have apologised to the referee Jerome Garces.

"I always try to play hard and fair, and what happened was out of character for me.

"Once again, I am very sorry."

Hogg will now face a disciplinary hearing and could receive an additional ban for his foul play which would apply to all matches, not just internationals.

Earlier, Scotland coach Scott Johnson said Hogg was full of remorse for his actions.

"He feels he has let the boys down," Johnson explained.

"It was totally out of character.

"He certainly isn't a dirty player --that's for sure," the Australian added.

It was a view echoed by Wales boss Warren Gatland, who coached Hogg on last year's victorious British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.

"You've got to feel sorry for Stuart because he's not that sort of player at all," Gatland said. "It's a rush of blood and he's made a mistake."

Garces' action in upgrading the card he showed Hogg after watching a replay while unusual was permissible under International Rugby Board regulations and Johnson for one had no complaints.

"As soon as I saw the yellow I was thinking of something else," Johnson said. "I can only do what is put in front of us there, so the judicial stuff I'll leave - my job is to compete on the back of that.

"He [Garces] is a good referee and a good adjudicator."


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 09 October 2015
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Griquas v Sharks 20 | 45
Pumas v Free State Cheetahs 37 | 37
Fri, 02 October 2015
New Zealand v Georgia 43 | 10
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 4 0 1 8
Wales 5 4 0 1 8
France 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 1 0 4 2
Scotland 5 0 0 5 0