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Watch: Hibbard Decked By Monstrous Punch During Challenge Cup Semi, Accused Of Simulation By Ref

In a recent article, Wales Online writer Mark Orders described Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard as “fearless, combative and with zero regard for his own personal safety”.

It was a fitting description of one of rugby’s true warriors.

Given his well-earned reputation for toughness, it came as a big surprise today when the former Wales international was accused of simulation during Gloucester’s European Challenge Cup semi-final against La Rochelle at the French side’s home ground, the Stade Marcel Deflandre.

After he hit the ground following an incident involving La Rochelle number 8 Jone Quvo Nailiko, Hibbard was scolded by referee Andrew Brace, who told him he was in the wrong sport for “play-acting”.

Mr. Brace’s assessment of the incident was in fact very wrong, as the video below proves. Hibbard was actually drilled and decked by a huge punch to the body, or perhaps an even more sensitive area.

That Hibbard was wrongly accused of simulation has really angered rugby fans.

Though Hibbard might still be feeling a little sore this evening, he will take comfort in the fact that Gloucester scored a famous 14-16 victory to qualify for the Challenge Cup final.

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