Freddie Burns has publicly apologised to his team-mates and Bath supporters after a horrendous mistake proved costly during their Heineken Champions Cup clash against Toulouse.
With five minutes left, Burns squandered a glorious opportunity to score the game-winning try. The English man looked destined to touch down under the posts but celebrated earlier and was dispossessed by Maxime Medard. With the score at 20-22, the try would have proved vital.
Love this sport for the highs and the lows. Today was an ultimate low and a mistake I’ll learn from. I’ll continue to give my best as I always do. Lastly just apologies to the boys and the supporters for the mistake. I’ll bounce back... thanks for the support 👍🏼
— Freddie Burns (@FreddieBurns) October 13, 2018
Très heureux d'avoir pu revenir à temps pour éviter cet essai. #NeverGiveUp
Really sorry it happened to @FreddieBurns who's a great guy and an amazing player.
— Maxime Médard (@MaxMedard) October 13, 2018
Per the Telegraph, Bath have instructed all players they are never to celebrate a try early again. The incident was criticised by Ronan O'Gara who also praised the chase down.
He switched off for a fraction of a second, maybe in the Premiership you get away with that. (But) A little higher level, fair play to Medard for chasing him down. Great bit of perseverance out of him and he has won the game but as Shane (Jennings) said, it shouldn't happen.
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) October 13, 2018