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Bath Demand Rematch After Controversial Loss To Toulouse

Bath Demand Rematch After Controversial Loss To Toulouse

Bath are taking the unprecedented step of writing to the Heineken Champions Cup organisers in order to ask that their group match with Toulouse be replayed.

The English side lost the match 22-20, but there was an error made with the timekeeping, with referee Andrew Brace blowing up before the clock went into the red, with Bath due to take a line out in a promising position close to the Toulouse try line.

As well as that two Toulouse players have been cited after the match, meaning that the French side should have ended the game with 13 men. Jerome Kaino and Lucas Pointud were handed a five and four week suspension respectively, Kaino for a tackle on Jamie Roberts and Pointud for a shoulder charge.

Bath have subsequently informed the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), of their request for the tie to be replayed.

Speaking to The Times Bath owner Bruce Craig gave his thoughts on the outcome of the match:

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I think the game should be replayed and we will do what we can to get equity.

This is the European Cup, there are massive sporting and financial implications. Bath have been majorly disadvantaged.

This isn’t sour grapes, because maybe we wouldn’t have won the game, but that is not the issue.

A letter is forthcoming from Bath to the EPCR stating their case for a rematch, wherein the club will cite 'gross negligence' on the part of the officials as a reason for replaying the tie.

H/T: The Times

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