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Burns revived after early season struggles

24th December 2018, 12:21 by Jack Ogalbe

Bath's Freddie Burns says his man-of-the-match display against Wasps made him feel like he is back to where he should be.

The fly-half was the subject of jeers earlier in the season when he made two crucial errors in the Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse.

Burns described the episode as "an ultimate low" and his form inevitably suffered.

Slowly but surely he has rediscovered his confidence, though, and Sunday's outing at the Ricoh Arena was arguably his best showing since joining Bath in 2017, guiding his team to a 24-14 victory.

The 28-year-old scored a try and kicked 14 points on his way to a 19-point personal haul and conceded afterwards that it was the type of showing that proved to himself as much as anything that he was back to where he wants to be.

"The Toulouse incident probably affected me more than people realised," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"You put a brave face on, front up - I remember saying to [director of rugby] Todd [Blackadder] that I would just come into training and be my confident usual self.

"But really at home and before games it's been a pretty dark place."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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