Stuart Hogg reveals referee apologised to him

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg revealed that referee Luke Pearce apologised to him after Saturday’s win over Italy for chalking off his second try.

Hogg danced through the Italian defence and rounded opposite number Jayden Hayward to touch down in the corner, but referee Pearce had already penalised Ali Price for a block on an Italy defender.

The Scotland fullback said: “To be fair to Luke Pearce, he came up after the game and apologised, said he made a mistake. These little things, if you were the referee you would maybe let it play out, then go back and check it.

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“It was a little bit frustrating because I think that would have taken us to 40 points with a conversion, them on 10 or something – so it would have made it dead and buried.

“Look, it’s the fine margins, it hasn’t been given, so we move on.

“If he had let it play out, he could have gone back and looked at it through the TMO, but he apologised, he is man enough to admit his mistake. Fair play to him.”

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