Stuart Hogg was making his last appearance for Glasgow but there was no fairytale ending for the Scotland star, who had a kick charged down as Ringrose scored then found himself the victim of a shocking mid-air take-out by former British and Irish Lions team-mate Rob Kearney, as substitute Grant Stewart’s 75th-minute try proved too little too late for the Scottish side.
Glasgow’s 18-15 loss at Celtic Park puts an end to Hogg’s nine-year career at Scotstoun, with the 26-year-old fullback set to join Premiership side Exeter Chiefs from next season.
Dave Rennie’s men were hoping to put on a show for their star, with the coach admitting to having to ‘put the brakes’ on Hogg at training as he ‘went berserk’ in anticipation of Saturday’s final.
Hogg’s final came to an anti-climatic end when a high-ball collision with Leinster fullback Rob Kearney in the 65th minute put a damper on the evening. Hogg was forced to watch his side fall short from the sideline, with the fullback seemingly itching to get back into the action.
Glasgow coach Dave Rennie has revealed that Hogg was ruled out of a return ‘before he even got to the sideline’ after showing concerning symptoms after the collision.
“Hoggy went off for a HIA.
“He was ruled out immediately. He had a loss of vision and felt he was going to spew. So the match doctor and our doctor ruled him out immediately. He was ruled out before he even got to the sideline.
“I think if we had played better we might have seen him bow out in a better manner. The disappointing thing from our point of view is that we could have played a lot better because we only lost by three.
“We’re disappointed and disappointed for Hoggy.”
The contest that saw Hogg concussed left many Glasgow fans fuming, feeling that Kearney should have received more than a yellow for his involvement in the injury.
How’s this not a red card for Rob Kearney? Hogg lands on his head yet Nigel Owens only gives a yellow? https://t.co/CnZJoi7jqO
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) May 25, 2019
Rennie questioned the consistency of decisions regarding aerial contests, which seemed to be different every game.
“These decisions seem different every time you see a game. I guess the telling thing from that was that we lost Hoggy from that incident.
“The officials saw it as a yellow. We’ll have to live with that and no doubt there will be more debate about it.
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