STUART Hogg has revealed French referee Romain Poite admitted he got it wrong in chalking off his second half score at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.
The 19-year-old fulfilled a lifelong ambition – and became the 59th Hawick player to be capped by his country – when he was called from the bench by coach Andy Robinson following a 15th minute injury to winger Max Evans.
And his dream day almost ended in delerium just after the hour mark when he appeared to score Scotland’s opening try.
But to the amazement of everyone it was ruled out, adjudging the former PSA, Wands and Greens star had knocked the ball on.
However, Hogg told the Hawick News: “The ref spoke to me at the after-match function and said that maybe next time he would consult the TMO.
“But he said it was a try and that he made a mistake.
“Before I went over the line I heard the whistle and I knew it wasn’t for a try so I was obviously disappointed.”
True to form though the Glasgow Warriors star took the decision in his stride and helped set up the Scots’ try minutes later with a typically barnstorming sprint down the touchline.
His performance earned rave reviews from BBC pundits Jonathon Davies and legendary Welsh winger Shane Williams.
And he is hoping it was enough to book his spot in next week’s squad for the match against France at Murrayfield.
He added: “To win my first cap really was a dream come true and the messages of support have been amazing.
“I’m hoping I can kick on from here, keep working hard and add to my cap.”
n Hogg’s day was made even sweeter after claiming £100 from former mentor Richie Gray – the proceeds of a long standing wager. The ex-Gala coach bet him £100 that he would be capped for Scotland before he was 21.
And Hogg collected his winnings this week before immediately handing over the cash to the Bill McLaren Foundation.
He said: “A Hawick man taking £100 from a Gala man is always a great event! I’m delighted to donate it to the Bill McLaren Foundation.”
Hogg became the first player from the BASE Rugby Academy to be capped for his country.
He added: “I had a great time as a student at Borders College and to win the £100 from Richie was the icing on the cake.”