Three tries but no guaranteed Bath Rugby starting spot for Jack Cuthbert
You would think scoring a hat-trick of tries would make your place safe from one week to the next but Jack Cuthbert says no one can afford to be over- confident.
Despite the Scottish full-back leading Bath Rugby to a nine-try romp against Bucharest Wolves in the Amlin Cup last weekend, another guaranteed starting berth for Saturday's LV= Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs is far from secure.
"It was my first start for a while and to have it in front of a pretty decent crowd at The Rec on such a poor day in terms of weather was great," said Cuthbert, who was capped once by Scotland in 2011.
"I was really happy and to get three tries in such a good win was brilliant.
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"I'm looking forward now and hopefully am going to get some game time again this weekend.
"You'd think I'd be safe but there's a bit of a myth at Bath that you actually do get dropped if you score a hat-trick!
"I don't think anyone gets too comfortable. It's still fingers crossed at the minute. I had my opportunity last weekend and will hopefully get another one this weekend. I'm just looking to make the most of it whenever I can.
"I've been playing below Nick Abendanon for a couple of years now. He's a quality player but I like to think that whenever I get my opportunity I put the heat on him.
"I'd like to think I did that last weekend but we'll just see what happens when the new challenge comes on Saturday."
Bath remain the only team to hold an unbeaten record over Exeter since their promotion to the top flight in 2010.
But after being pushed so close in the Aviva Premiership clash at Sandy Park at the turn of the year, Cuthbert says Bath will not be complacent.
"It was the closest result last time with the 12-12 draw but so far we're still unbeaten," he added.
"We know the task ahead. They are a quality side, so we won't be taking anything for granted."