Willie Le Roux is likely still squirming over his try blunder against Leinster last weekend in Wasps’ Champions Cup quarter-final clash with the Irish province.
Having done the hard work from deep inside their own half, Le Roux merely had to dot the ball down and bring the scoreline back to 8 – 5, with a conversion to come.
Instead, just to remind ourselves, he did this.
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Wasps went on to lose the match 32 – 17, ending their involvement in the European competition for another season and Le Roux will likely be still wondering about the ‘what ifs’.
The South African can, however, take solace from the fact that he is in good company when it comes to try scoring blunders. England legend Will Carling and All Blacks speed merchant Sonny Bill Williams have both been victims of their own downfall, as the footage below shows.
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Even Kosuke Hashino’s epic blunder for Japan will likely not make Le Roux feel a whole lot better but it must be nice to know that he is not alone when it comes to butchering a guaranteed five points.
At the very least there are lessons to be learned from a good portion of these try failures. Rather than showboating and celebrating, dotting the ball down and then receive the deserved accolades is certainly the preferred option.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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