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Sam Vesty, and why rugby players shouldn't celebrate before grounding the ball

If this ends up deciding the Aviva Premiership relegation race, Vesty will be persona non grata on Tyneside.

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[h/t TheRugbyBlog]

IF YOU’VE EVER played rugby, you’ll know that one of the first things coaches try to drill in to young players is the good habit of always grounding the ball with both hands. On Saturday, Sam Vesty reminded us why.

The Bath fly-half, on as a second-half replacement for Stephen Donald, thought he was cruising in for an easy bonus-point try against Wasps and started his celebrations a little bit too early. He must have felt a tiny bit stupid when Tom Varndell somehow managed to get back and wrap him up, preventing him from actually scoring.

Vesty’s idiocy didn’t cost Bath the game, which they won 17-12, but it may still prove significant. Not only would the bonus point have helped Bath’s chances of breaking into the Heineken Cup places, but Vesty also handed Wasps a valuable losing bonus which gives them an extra edge in their battle with Newcastle to avoid relegation.

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