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Lion does Cheetahs a favour after bite rules out Ospreys' Baldwin

Lion does Cheetahs a favour after bite rules out Ospreys' Baldwin”

The Welsh worldwide was visiting a game park along with his team-mates ahead of the Swansea side's match against Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs in the Pro14 competition.

Scott Baldwin is an early contender for the most freakish injury of the year after being bitten by a lion in Bloemfontein.

The hooker's late withdrawal from the match was described as hand problem before kick off but the whispers around the ground began to suggest this was not your usual injury.

One of the more weird rugby stories of 2017 emerged today, as it was confirmed that Wales hooker Scott Baldwin was forced out of the Ospreys' tie with Cheetahs in South Africa because he was bitten by a Lion.

The injury, which needed stitches, occurred on Wednesday during a pre-match visit to a safari park.

Following the game on Friday night, after the exact circumstances of why Baldwin had missed the game had emerged, former England out-half Andy Goode tweeted a video of the incident.

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy, speaking after the game, wasn't too impressed with his player.

The Ospreys hooker was forced to miss his side's game after the beast attacked him in South Africa. He had plenty of warning, so it's pretty stupid on Scott's behalf.

"It was a good environment and we were told how far back to stand".

'When you put your hand into a fence and there's a lion in there, you can expect to get bit.

"It's probably one of the silliest things I've ever been involved in", added Tandy.

He was due to be released on Saturday morning and is expected to travel home with the rest of the squad as planned, Ospreys said.

"The team doctor treated a laceration and‚ subsequently‚ he was admitted to a local hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday evening for further treatment to prevent infection".



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