Burns show­boat­ing proves costly to Bath

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Bath full-back Fred­die Burns paid dearly for show­boat­ing as he crossed the try­line, Maxime Medard dis­lodg­ing the ball from his grip to help Toulouse to a 22-20 vic­tory in the Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup yes­ter­day. With five min­utes to play, Burns scythed through the de­fence and gave a cocky nod of the head and slap of his chest for what would likely have been the de­ci­sive score. Burns slowed as he went to ground the ball, only for Medard to pounce, tap­ping Burns’ fore­arm to cause the ball to spill and roll dead. The bun­gled try at­tempt came shortly af­ter Burns missed a penalty that would also have edged Bath back into the lead. “It’s just an hon­est mis­take, and he will never do it again,” Bath di­rec­tor of rugby Todd Black­ad­der told BBC ra­dio. “A re­ally dis­ap­point­ing way to fin­ish the game.”

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