We received a huge wake-up call about how tough life in the Aviva Premiership is going to be against
Harlequins last weekend.
We had played some good stuff against the unbeaten Aviva Premiership leaders and were 15-3 up at
Sixways with 20 minutes to go.
But we made some niave errors. Our two props Matt Mullan and Tevita Taumoepeau were
substituted and we really missed their experience in the closing stages because they had both been
part of a strong pack up until they came off.
In fact, to highlight the fact, Quins’ winning score came from a penalty try late on and we were left
licking our wounds.
We also missed the odd tackle here and there too.
We lost the game 17-15 and that still means we are too near the bottom end for my liking.
The Premiership is a tough learning ground.
Last season in the Championship, we hardly ever lost a game and we knew that sometimes, we could
beat certain teams and on certain days when we were making mistakes and playing nowhere near
out best rugby.
That can lull you into a false sense of security.
Well games like last Saturday certainly put a stop to that.
One mistake in the Premiership and you get punished whether that is in terms of personnel on the
field or errors in attack or defence. There is simply no margin for mistakes or errors to be made
because you don’t get a second chance.
Talking of a second chance, what about Carlos Tevez refusing to go on the pitch for Manchester City
in the week?
Still, he is ONLY on £200,000 a week, so you have got to have some sympathy with him!
What a joke.
Can you imagine that happening in a rugby environment? If anyone did that, they would be beaten
up by their team mates before the manager could have time to get to them!
Read more news on Harlequins here.
Read what others have said about Tevez here.