Hughes: I didn’t gouge LMS

Warrington Wolves forward Jack Hughes insists he did not eye-gouge Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in last Thursday night’s televised game between Warrington and St Helens at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Television replays showed Hughes’ hand move towards the face of the St Helens forward during an altercation in Warrington’s 18-20 defeat on Friday night.

Hughes would go on to score Warrington’s second try of the evening just five minutes later, much to the frustration of some St Helens supporters, who thought he should have been sent off.

The former Wigan and Huddersfield forward will discover on Monday whether he will face further punishment for the incident when the Match Review Panel assesses all the incidents from the game.

Hughes told League Express that he had done nothing untoward, and that he had shaken hands with McCarthy-Scarsbrook after the game.

“It was something or nothing,” he said.

“Louie came running in, he thought something had gone on in the tackle and I just had a little push and that was it. We shook hands after the game and got on with it, just as you should do.”

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