Chris Ashton made a real howler in Toulon’s Champions Cup clash with Bath at the Stade Mayol on Saturday, gifting his international teammate but club rival Jonathan Joseph a try and the English side the lead with a badly-timed miskick from inside his own in-goal area midway through the second half.
Ashton, however, was relieved of the responsibility for a defeat thanks to a late moment of genius by Toulon substitute Anthony Belleau, who chased down his own kick to score a try and give the home side a 24-20 lead to which they clung until the final whistle.
In an interview with Sky Sports after the game, Ashton was admirably good-humoured regarding the incident.
“Sometimes you just have to laugh, I think,” said the 30-year-old. “And that was one of those times.”
It probably wouldn’t have been “one of those times” had Belleau not scored that try, however.
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The victory moves Toulon to twelve points atop Pool five, three points ahead of Bath in second place. After their win over Benetton on Saturday, Scarlets are on seven points in third. Benetton, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom of the table on three points.