Fred­die bags 15 of Bath’s 20 points... but his late cock-up costs them mas­sive win

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - From ALEX SPINK at the Rec

FRED­DIE BURNS kissed good­bye to Bath’s chances of Eu­ro­pean glory with a calami­tous blunder.

In a pas­sage of play, which will haunt the club for a long time to come, the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional butchered not one but two golden chances to beat Toulouse.

First, he missed a kick from in front of the sticks to win the game, three min­utes from time.

Then he was so sure he had made amends by get­ting over the try line, he blew a kiss rather than just touch the ball down.

His hes­i­ta­tion proved dis­as­trous, al­low­ing Max­ine Medard to run up be­hind him and knock the ball from his grasp.

“You just can’t do that at any level,” said Bath boss Todd Black­ad­der.

Cap­tain Rhys Pri­est­land added: “It’s some­thing we need to speak about as a squad – cel­e­brat­ing be­fore we score tries. For me, that is not ne­go­tiable. We can’t do that again.”

“Love this sport for the highs and lows,” tweeted Burns. “To­day was an ul­ti­mate low.” BATH - Tries: Roberts, Burns. Cons: Burns 2. Pens: Burns 2. TOULOUSE - Tries: Medard, Guitone 2. Cons: Ramos 2. Pen: Ramos.

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