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Video: John Higgins lightens the mood in tense World Snooker final

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John Higgins showed that even in the heat of competitive battle, he could produce a priceless one-liner.

The World Snooker final between Higgins and the world number one in Mark Selby had reached a critical stage at 16-15.

Higgins had found himself in a difficult position in needing to reach the cue ball.

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It called for desperate measures and the world number two climbed the table to reach the ball.

However, was unsuccessful in his endeavours and climbed down with the crowd enjoying the moment.

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In fact, Higgins afforded a little chuckle himself as he made his way back to his seat in order to get his extension to help him play the shot.

The Scot's actions also had the commentary booth in laughter too, but that was only the start of the amusement.

Having to complete his shot with the aid of an extension, the Scotsman had the crowd in raptures by simply saying: "Too much haggis," referring to his stomach getting in the way of him making a shot.

At least he can laugh at himself in those kind of situations.

Unfortunately for Higgins, after starting the final in strong fashion, he was beaten by Selby 18-15.

The victory was Selby's third world title after previous victories in 2014 and 2016.

The 33-year-old from Leicester has also two UK Championships in 2012 and 2016, and three Masters titles in 2008, 2010, and 2013.

The performance he produced in the final showed that it is going to take an opponent to play a high level of snooker on a consistent basis to challenge him.

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For his part, Higgins has dealt with the highs and lows of the professional snooker circuit.

After some difficult moments in early part of this decade, it is pleasing to see a character like Higgins rebound and approach something close to his best form again.

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Mark Selby
Ronnie O'Sulivan
Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson
World Snooker Championship
Snooker
Judd Trump
John Higgins

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