Hogg admits his attitude was poor

Date published: October 9 2014

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Back in the fold after a testing few months with Glasgow Warriors, Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has had time to reflect.

Back in the fold after a testing few months with Glasgow Warriors, Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has had time to reflect.

Hogg has reclaimed the full-back jersey for his club after not even being able to make the matchday squad come the end of last season, missing out on the Pro12 Final.

Speculation at the time centred on a potential move for Hogg away from Glasgow to this weekend’s opponents, Ulster.

Undoubtedly the Scotland wonderkid had his most troubling season to date in 2013/2014. Hogg was sent off for Scotland in the Six Nations clash with Wales in March.

Losing his shirt to Peter Murchie for Glasgow tested Hogg and he admits with hindsight that he responded poorly to the challenge.

However a successful tour with Scotland, before participating in the Commonwealth Games Sevens, have put the 22-year-old British and Irish Lion back on track.

“It was great to get the try against the USA and follow that up with a decent game against Canada and another try against Argentina and then the whole experience with the Scotland Sevens at Ibrox was a real buzz and gave me a new lease of life,” Hogg told the Scotsman.

“Peter Murchie is so solid under the high ball, he makes some great runs and he was playing out of his skin at the end of last season and he deserved it.

“The flip side of that was my attitude was not good, I was struggling to get into the side on form and I was disappointed with myself.

“On the other hand Murchie was playing the rugby of his life and when that happens sometimes you just have to say that the other guy deserves it more. But I believe I learned from all of that and I’m the better for it.”

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