Hamlet and swan dives
December 14, 2012
It's that time of year again and in what is now surely a tradition to rival the turkey, the tree and all the trimmings, we're delighted to herald the return the ESPNscrum Festive Countdown for your amusement.
Once again, we'll be counting down the days until the big one with an assortment of trivia and novelties to brighten your day - sadly, chocolate not included. Check out our latest offering below and be sure to check back tomorrow for your latest dose of festive fun!
Sam Vesty had been solid for Bath all of last season and in their final home match of the campaign, he showed his delight at crossing the line for what he thought was going to be their fourth try against Wasps. The London side were embroiled in a fight against relegation and were searching for any points they could gather. With Vesty seemingly home and hosed, Wasps' Tom Varndell scampered back and made a try-saving tackle to embarrass the former Tiger and in the process, ensured his side escaped with the losing bonus-point - a point which ended up just about keeping them in the Premiership.
"You have got to remember Chris hasn't been with the club now for four months - out of sight out of mind."
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And something you may have missed...
ESPNscrum endeavours to bring you an intoxicating mix of news, views and analysis and one or two of these gems may have passed you by over the last 12 months - but don't worry, we've dusted them off for your pleasure.
Method in the madness?
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here we see Wales centre Scott Williams swan-diving over the Twickenham tryline to give Wales a memorable victory at the home of English rugby. It was a victory that propelled them on the way to their third Grand Slam in seven years.
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