Bath Demand Replay Of Their Champions Cup Game With Toulouse
Bath rugby boss Bruce Craig has revealed they are set to demand a replay of their Champions Cup game against Toulouse last weekend in an astonishing interview with Owen Slot in the Times.
The Premiership side lost the game 20-22, with Freddie Burns infamously failing to score a certain try in the final moments as a result of some early ‘showboating’.
Craig says the club feels aggrieved however, on two other unrelated accounts – and has revealed they are writing to organisers to demand a replay of the pool match.
“I think the game should be replayed,” Craig told The Times,
“And we will do what we can to get equity.”
Bath’s first issue is the referee’s decision to blow the final whistle despite the clock not being in the red, with a few seconds still left to be played. Bath had just won a lineout when the final whistle was blown (early), and they feel they should have had one last chance at winning the game.
Secondly two players – Jerome Kaino and Lucas Pointud were cited and subsequently banned after the game. Bath argue that in hindsight both should have seen red on the day, and Craig sees this as “gross negligence” on the officials’ part.
“This is the European Cup, there are massive sporting and financial implications,” he said.
“Bath have been majorly disadvantaged. This isn’t sour grapes, because maybe we wouldn’t have won the game, but that is not the issue.”
Bath have therefore informed the tournament organisers, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), of their request for a rematch. A legal letter is to follow.