ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Saturday Oct 13, 2018

Freddie Burns 'ultimate low' as double blooper horror show lets Toulouse off the hook

Bath fullback Freddie Burns had an absolute nightmare ending to today’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Toulouse. In the final minutes and with two clearcut opportunities to win the match for his team, everything went horribly wrong. 

ADVERTISEMENT

After Toulouse came back into the game, the scene was set for a great win when Bath were awarded a penalty ‘smack bang in front’ with less than 8 minutes left in the game. Burns had an easy chance to take the lead and perhaps keep it. All he needed to do was slot the kick.

He definitely got the kiss of the death from commentator Miles Harrison, who painted a picture that included Burns first falling in love with the game, and Bath, and a young age.

The kick bounced back in field off the post. But it wasn’t over yet.

Burns then broke the line shortly afterwards, for what was a classic redemption story and his moment to give his team seven points as he strolled under the uprights, smiling with a huge look of relief on his face.

Up stepped Maxime Medard, the ultimate party pooper. His part in the story should not be overlooked, as he brilliantly never gave up and put in that extra effort late in the contest to slap Burns’ hand, spilling the ball that he so casually held.

Burns didn’t get a third chance, as he was then substituted, having to leave the field with his head in his hands and resign himself to a seat on the floor on the sidelines.

ADVERTISEMENT

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder later said that he pulled Burns from the park because he could see that he was all over the place mentally.

“It’s just an honest mistake, and he will never do it again. You just can’t [celebrate early] at any level. But it’s a genuine, honest mistake,” said Blackadder.

Former England back Jeremy Guscott was less forgiving, sharing his thoughts on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I don’t feel sorry for him. Somewhere in my soul there is a minuscule bit of empathy for him.. The kick in front of the posts was easy enough for a man of his talents, and getting the ball knocked out of the hand is unforgivable.

ADVERTISEMENT

“As a fly-half [fullback vs Toulouse] you should have sense of everything around you. Rather than thinking it’s done and dusted, he’s been made a little bit of a fool of.”

Burns had scored a try earlier in the match but it’s this missed opportunity that Baths fans, in particular, will never forget.

Related Articles

  • 31 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens...

  • 32 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another...

  • 32 WEEKS AGO

    Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    No other player has mastered intercepts like Bryan Habana could

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: French flair lights up Brisbane with EPIC coast-to-coast try

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Watch how Marcus Smith lit up Twickenham on England debut vs USA

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Extended highlights show why Josh Adams could be a Lions Test starter

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Aphelele Fassi: The debut Springbok that could change Warren Gatland's Lions selection

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Lewis Ludlow received a four match ban for this knee to the face

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Controversial Marika Koroibete red card not upheld

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies will contest controversial red card after French player 'milked it'

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Wallabies fans raging after questionable early red card for Marika Koroibete

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Sharks scrum half suspended after that silly elbow against the British & Irish Lions

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Awesome Daly kicking montage shows just how deadly his left boot really is

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Players channel inner Lebron with incredible 'basketball' passes

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Damian McKenzie's outstanding try-saving tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: TEN TRIES between 3 hookers in one weekend

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The moment Marcus Smith found out about his Lions call up

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    New compilation of rare Nigel Owens footage is comedy gold

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The moment Ellis Genge soaks Ugo Monye live on TV is simply priceless

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Inside the Quins changing rooms after winning AWESOME Prem final

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't know what I'm saying!', Joe Marler's brilliant interview after EPIC Prem win

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Joe Marler elated in special interview as fans return to The Stoop

View All

Amateur

  • 38 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 34 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All