FLAG BAN BACKFIRES AS LEO GETS LUCKY

Sunday Express - - RUGBY UNION - By Alex Spink Law­day. Vis­agie, Mor­gan. Twel­ve­trees. Wil­son.

BATH ......................... 10 LE­IN­STER .................. 17 Ex­eter 19 Glouces­ter 27

NGLAND star Joe Cokanasiga was left crocked and sweat­ing on a pos­si­ble ban as Bath headed to­wards the Euro­pean exit door. EX­ETER direc­tor of rugby Rob Bax­ter ac­cepted that his side’s Euro­pean cam­paign was vir­tu­ally over as they crashed to a sur­prise de­feat at Sandy Park.

Glouces­ter were de­served win­ners with tries from Willi Heinz, Jaco Vis­agie and Ben Mor­gan, while Danny Cipri­ani kicked four goals.

Bax­ter (right) said: “The group still haven’t got it men­tally right around Europe yet. Glouces­ter were in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively bet­ter than us. There was no clar­ity of think­ing and we made er­ror af­ter er­ror.” con­fis­cated and Le­in­ster com­plained on so­cial me­dia. “We brought 1,500 flags over for to­day’s game and Bath are re­fus­ing to let us dis­trib­ute them. These flags have been passed as safe by air­ports and sta­dia all over the world.”

Bath re­sponded: “We’re re­ally sorry. The flags were tested against three safety cri­te­ria and failed all three.”

The home team’s day went from bad to worse de­spite their best per­for­mance of the sea­son. Level at 7-7 and giv­ing ev­ery bit as good as they got, a crooked throw by Cronin looked to have gifted them pos­ses­sion. French ref Mathieu Ray­nal al­lowed play to con­tinue and home fly-half James Wil­son tossed out a spec­u­la­tive pass. But in­stead of play be­ing called back, Bath watched in hor­ror as Lar­mour in­ter­cepted and raced 45 me­tres for the try.

“It was a big mo­ment,” said Le­in­ster boss

Leo Cullen. “The li­ne­out went crooked and we got lucky.”

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