Bath lost 22-20 at home to Toulouse in their Champions Cup opener on Saturday following two pivotal mistakes by fly-half Freddie Burns. Todd Blackadder’s side were losing by two points heading into the final six minutes of the match at the Recreation Ground but had an opportunity to get their noses in front via a penalty right in front of the posts, but Burns was unable to convert.
Nevertheless, the 28-year-old thought he had atoned for that error just a few minutes later when he crossed for what looked a certain try but, as he began to celebrate, he had the ball poked from his grasp by Toulouse full-back Maxime Medard, leaving the home supporters stunned.
Toulouse ultimately closed out the match from there and have moved up to second in Pool 1 behind defending champions Leinster, who opened their account with a 52-3 demolition of Wasps on Friday night.
Bath did pick up a losing bonus point and Burns had contributed during the match prior to his errors – he was responsible for 15 of the Premiership club’s 20 points, including when he crossed for their second try of the match.
Burns and co will not have long to lick their wounds as they are back in Champions Cup action next Saturday when they travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on Premiership rivals Wasps.