On road as early bath cools Burns’ jets

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

red card shown to fly-half Fred­die Burns in the 29-13 Aviva Pre­mier­ship win over bot­tom club Worces­ter.

Burns was sent off for a dan­ger­ous tackle dur­ing his first start for Bath af­ter ini­tially be­ing shown a yel­low card for up-end­ing Worces­ter wing Josh Adams in the 63rd minute.

Ref­eree Luke Pearce then pro­duced red af­ter tak­ing an­other look at re­plays with TV match of­fi­cial Gra­ham Hughes.

Black­ad­der thought there was “noth­ing in­ten­tional” about Burns’s tip-tackle but said: “It’s def­i­nitely a red card. No ex­cuses or com­plaints from us. As soon as a player’s legs get above the par­al­lel, it’s in the hands of the ref­eree. The red card was de­served.”

With stand-off Rhys Pri­est­land nurs- ing an in­flamed patella ten­don, Black­ad­der now finds him­self short of fly­halves for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup cam­paign which kicks off next Satur­day at home to Ital­ian side Benet­ton Tre­viso, with for­mer Ebbw Vale player Josh Lewis ready to step up.

Cen­tre Ben Ta­puai was one of Bath’s try scor­ers along with Aled Brew (two) and Jonathan Joseph, and Burns had added three con­ver­sions be­fore re­place­ment Josh Lewis kicked a late penalty.

Worces­ter’s points came from tries by wing Dean Ham­mond and fly-half Jamie Shill­cock, who kicked a penalty and con­ver­sion.

Jonny May is the best left wing in Eng­land, ac­cord­ing to Le­ices­ter head coach Matt O’Con­nor.

May scored his sixth try of the cam­paign in the Tigers’ 28-27 win over Lon­don Ir­ish, with Nick Malouf and Will Evans also cross­ing.

It meant Le­ices­ter recorded their fourth straight Aviva Pre­mier­ship win, but Ir­ish, with­out a vic­tory since the open­ing day, did earn a los­ing bonus point thanks to tries from Blair Cowan, David Paice and Alex Lew­ing­ton.

But it was man-of-the-match May who put in an­other sparkling per­for­mance and O’Con­nor said he would have no doubts about se­lect­ing him for Eng­land if he were in Ed­die Jones’ shoes.

“I think he’s eas­ily the best fin­isher and best left winger in Eng­land and I would cer­tainly pick him but it’s not my de­ci­sion,” he said. Bath fly-half Fred­die Burns is shown the red card in win over Worces­ter

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