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Hogg to take his revenge

FLANKER Ally Hogg will be on a personal revenge mission when Scotland launch their Six Nations campaign against tournament favourites France at Murrayfield on Sunday.

The encounter will take place exactly a year after the Scots, and Hogg in particular, were denied a slice of glory against the same opponents in Paris.

Hogg and his mates had gone into battle as overwhelming underdogs. But close to the end of a brilliant display, he and the large contingent of visiting supporters were convinced he had romped in for the clinching try.

Hogg’s moment of glee quickly turned to abject despair as Irish touch-judge Simon McDowell sparked a storm by ruling that the Edinburgh breakaway forward had put a toe on the touchline - a verdict that was proved wrong on the TV replays after France bagged a late score to win 16-9.

The official’s apparent error sent then coach Matt Williams into a rage and he was forced to make a grovelling apology to international chiefs after ranting about his side being "robbed blind" by McDowell.

As new coach Frank Hadden’s squad stepped up preparations, he declared: "It was a painful experience to view the incident afterwards. At the time I wasn’t absolutely sure if I had clipped the line, but I really thought I had scored, as you could see from my reaction after touching the ball down."