Freddie Burns posts grovelling apology to fans after premature try celebration shocker

Bath Rugby v Toulouse - Heineken Champions Cup

Bath's Freddie Burns had an afternoon to forget yesterday during Bath’s Champions Cup loss to Toulouse.

The fly-half missed an opportunity to put Bath ahead with a 74th-minute penalty but saw the effort miss.

However, much worse was to come for Burns when he was through for a try by the posts with just five mins to go in the match.

It seemed certain that the 28-year-old was going to win the match for his team with a simple finish and he started to celebrate by blowing kisses to the crowd.

And yet, to his horror, he came under pressure from Toulouse player Maxime Medard, once over the try line.

Medard managed to connect with Burns’ arm and cause the Bath man to lose control of the ball, ensuing the most almighty embarrassment for the Bath ace and costing his team the game in the process, rather than being lauded as the match winner.

Captain Rhys Priestland refused to blame Burns for the defeat and backed the fly-half to bounce back but he slammed his team for celebrating before scoring and stated that this will not be happening again under his leadership.

"We should have been good enough to not have to rely on one try or a kick here and there.

"It is probably something we need to speak about as a squad - celebrating before we score tries.

"Don't get me wrong, I am not pointing the figure at Freddie. He hasn't cost us the game, we weren't good enough. But as a squad, I just can't believe we celebrate before we put the ball down.

"I honestly don't know what boys think they are going to gain by doing it. For me that is not negotiable. We can't do that again this season."

After the game, Burns took to Twitter to post an apology, reflecting on his ‘ultimate low’ and stated that he would he would learn from his mistake.

He wrote: "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."

Clearly this incident is one that Burns will not want to revisit in any hurry anytime soon but hopefully he can come again and make up for his nightmare yesterday.

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