FREDDIE BURNS was Bath’s hero as they beat Wasps 24-14 at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday to move up to six in the Premiership table.

Burns scored 19 points courtesy of a try, four penalties and a conversion in the Midlands.

Fourth-placed Wasps, with only one victory in 12 matches, took the lead with a penalty by former Bristol, Plymouth Albion and Launceston fly-half Billy Searle.

Burns levelled with a penalty of his own and he and Searle exchanged further kicks before Burns scored the opening try on 25 minutes as Bath led 14-9 at the break.

In front of more than 30,000 people, Bath went 24-9 up after the break with a Burns penalty and then a converted try but Will Chudley.

Wasps got back into the contest with a touch-down by Thomas Young. Bath thought they had scored a third try when Nathan Catt rumbled over, but it was ruled out by the TMO. However, Bath were able to see out the game to pick up four points.

Wasps scorers: Try: Young; pens: Searle 3

Bath scorers: Tries: Burns, Chudley; con: Burns; pens: Burns 4

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