Watch: Bath star Freddie Burns celebrates try before fumbling ball

With five minutes on the clock and the game almost in the bag, one thing you probably shouldn't do in a close match is get too cocky.

Bath's Freddie Burns holds his face at the end of the European Champions Cup match at the Recreation Ground, Bath. Picture: PA

It’s a cautiontary tale, one which Bath star Freddie Burns won’t want to repeat in a hurry.

Burns was guilty of two late blunders allowing Toulouse to clinched a crucial Pool One victory at the Recreation Ground with a 22-20 win over Bath at the Recreation Ground.

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The French side were helped to victory when the Bath full-back Burns, who having already missed an easy 74th minute penalty chance, blew a try barely 60 seconds later after crossing the Toulouse line when he lost control of the ball under pressure from Toulouse defender Maxime Medard.

It was a game of two halves for Burns, who scored a try in the first half to help Bath on their way.

But he missed two penalty chances in the second half as well as a vital chance to score a try which would have given Bath some breathing space in a highly contested match.

Fans took to Twitter in anger, astonishment and commiserations after he fumbled his chance to score his second half try.

@Ro_Murph tweeted: “Holy s***. Has any professional rugby player had worse 5mins than Freddie Burns just had?”

Bath's Freddie Burns celebrates as he runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score against Toulouse. Picture: PA

@DuaneBowland posted: “Sorry Freddie Burns but you single handadly threw the game away and unfortunately you only have yourself to blame.”

@SimonZebo sympathised: “Here come the keyboard warriors. Head up bro. Ain’t nobody die. @FreddieBurns keep smiling boss.”

@sportingindex wrote: “What a howler from Bath’s Freddie Burns - wonder what reception he’ll get back in the changing room...”

@mrcooper151080 noted: “However s**** your day is at least you aren’t Freddie Burns.”