Bundee Aki – Connacht centre apologizes for confronting referee following defeat by Leicester

Referee Mathieu Raynal responds to Bundee Aki after the Connacht player confronted him after the final whistle in Galway
Connacht and Ireland centre Aki (left), protested Mathieu Raynal, after the French referee awarded Leicester their match-winning goal in Galway's Champions Cup.

Connacht star Bundee Ashi apologizes after confronting MathieuRaynal, referee following the incident Irish side's Champions Cup defeat by Leicester.

After Connacht led 28-10, Hosea Saumaki's last gasp try gave Leicester a dramatic win of 29-28 in Galway.

Aki thought Saumaki's foot was in touch when he scored the winning attempt, but he later admitted that his reaction was wrong.

“I would like to apologize for my actions towards the referees and officials,” The Ireland and Lions Centre tweeted.external-link

“Absolutely unnecessary in this game. My actions were not justified by my emotions. I will certainly take the loss on my chin and will be looking at me.

Connacht fans believed that Saumaki had replaced them, but multiple angles showed that the Tongan was still in-field.

Connacht led 28-10 with Tiernan Ol'Halloran scoring two tries, and Kieran Martion scored another touchdown. Connacht was still up at 49 minutes, but Leicester took victory. Scores from Kini Murrayurivalu, Charlie Clare, and Saumaki helped Leicester win, while Freddie Burns had added two conversions.

With one game left, Leicester's win secured their place in the last-16. Connacht must win at Stade Francais next week if they want to reach the knockout stages.

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