First senior silverware

First senior silverware

It's been a busy time recently and, since I last wrote, I've been lucky enough to be part of a LV= Cup win with Quins.

Apart from A League successes, the LV= win was my first trophy as part of the senior squad and I was really happy to play my part of a really impressive win against Sale.

I've said before on these pages that the Quins squad is really tight and that has been proved throughout the season. We've had guys away with England and we have been contesting hard on three fronts.

If you watched the game against Sale, you will have seen the entire squad up there in the box at the end of the match. That really sums things up at Quins.

The England boys were there and obviously it was after the loss to Wales, so they weren't exactly jumping for joy but I think being back with the club really helped to lift them and shift their focus away from the Wales game and back to club business.

I'm not sure of the exact stats, so don't quote me on this, but it was something like 70 per cent of our match day squad for the cup final were under the age of 23. A high percentage were also English guys, so it bodes really well for the future - both for us as players and the club.

It can be difficult as a young player at somewhere like Quins because there are so many quality players and you just want to play games but sometimes the chances don't come around. But it gives you confidence because Conor O'Shea doesn't want to bring in anyone else and it's up to us to play our part - we know we'll be well looked after.

Aside from the cup win - which was well celebrated by the whole squad - it has been a bit of a frustrating time for Quins.

The past three games were all defeats, which is something we haven't really been used to that much in the recent past.

But we know we aren't playing badly and that's something we have focused on in midweek. Some decisions haven't gone our way and we haven't quite finished things off, but we're by no means playing poorly.

Personally, things are going really well. I was chuffed to bits to come off the bench for 20 minutes against Sale in the cup final. Because of that game, I missed a few weeks at Esher, but I was back playing for them against Rosslyn Park.

I made two assists which I was really pleased about, after running the ball from our own 22. Esher coach Ollie Smith has said before that he sees me as a full-back and I'm really enjoying my rugby for Esher playing there.

Having said that, I'm enjoying my rugby full stop and looking forward to an eventful last few weeks of the season.

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Matt Pratt said...

27 April 2013 08:40,

Great to hear things are going well, Charlie!

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