WATCH: Lion bites 'stupid' Wales hooker Baldwin

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:40

REACTION: Ospreys coach Steve Tandy confirmed that hooker Scott Baldwin's absence during the Pro14 match against the Cheetahs was the result of a lion incident.

Baldwin's hand was bitten by a lion at a game park, prior to Ospreys 25-44 defeat to Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The coach described the unrelated rugby incident as 'pretty stupid' and showed no sympathy for the injured player.

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"There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness, it was nothing to do with the lion," Tandy told reporters after the match in Bloemfontein.

"He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten.

"It was pretty stupid on Scott's behalf and he is pretty lucky. It was a good environment and we were told how far back to stand.

"I don't know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it's a kitten,"

The club issued a statement confirming the news that the Welsh international sustained a hand injury on Wednesday:

"Ospreys Rugby can confirm that Scott Baldwin sustained a hand injury on Wednesday.

"The team doctor treated a laceration and, subsequently, he was admitted to a local hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday evening for further treatment to prevent infection.

"He will be released on Saturday morning to travel home with the rest of the squad as planned,"

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