'Just put the ball down, it's the same points as a big dive'

Wasps coach Dai Young tried to deflect attention off his player, but there’s no getting away from the Springbok’s howler.

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WE CAN’T EMPHASISE this enough, kids.

It’s okay to celebrate a try, just make sure you do it after planting the ball beyond the try-line, not before.

Willie le Roux was not the first to comically fluff a try with the line at his mercy and he won’t be the last.

Willie Le Roux scores a try but has it disallowed by Nigel Owens Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Although the score would have brought the Premiership leaders Wasps within a point of Leinster after 25 minutes of their Champions Cup quarter-final in Dublin, head coach Dai Young kept insisting that the error was not the sole reason his side were beaten on Saturday.

An extra seven points and pressure on Leinster would have helped though. And Young admitted that he can’t quite get his head around the need to swan dive.

“Just put the ball down. It is as simple as that. You get the same points for putting the ball on the floor as a big dive,” said the coach, who persisted in attempting to share the blame around the club.

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“It is disappointing when you create something that should be seven points. Simple as that. I certainly don’t want to focus on that as the reason why we lost. That would be far too easy.

“We still had 55 minutes left in the game, still gave them 14 points after that which meant we went into half-time with a mountain to climb.

“It was a factor, But, I certainly don’t think it was the biggest factor. We just have to look at ourselves. We weren’t accurate and made far too many mistakes.”

You can add Le Roux to the list of embarrassing premature try celebrations then.  Along with this guy, Kosuke Hashino…

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… unfortunately we weren’t able to dig up the clip of  Christophe Dominici’s 2004 drop after running behind the posts against Italy, but there’s never a bad time to enjoy Will Carling being man-handled after delaying his touchdown in Sevens action for Harlequins.

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And then there’s perhaps the most similar to Le Roux’s, It worked in Wasps’ favour on this occasion, but Juan Leguizamon learned a valuable lesson that day.

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