New, zoomed in footage sheds a little more light on alleged Sinckler bite
New footage has been shared online of British & Irish Lions prop Kyle Sinckler’s alleged bite on South Africa’s Franco Mostert, and it is likely to receive a different interpretation depending on what team you support.
The zoomed in footage shows that Mostert’s arm is clearly in Sinckler’s mouth, but a Lions supporter will say that the Springbok rammed him arm into the mouth of the Englishman as he tried to clear him out in the typical fashion that all players in green approach the breakdown. On the other hand, a South Africa supporter will see if differently, claiming that Sinckler still bit onto the lock’s arm.
Sinckler has been cited, and could be faced with a minimum twelve week ban if he is found guilty, obviously ruling him out of Saturday’s defining third Test at Cape Town Stadium.
Bizarrely, the Bristol Bears prop is the only player to be cited from the second Test, despite a long list of players who looked to be on the wrong side of the law. His teammate Stuart Hogg was also accused of biting, but nothing has come of that accusation. Meanwhile, Sinckler’s alleged bite was not picked up during the game by the officiating team.
Warren Gatland will find out the fate of his tighthead on Tuesday, and may need to call upon Zander Fagerson for the third Test, who has not featured in either match against the Springboks so far.
Have a look for yourself: