What a weekend of rugby in the Heineken Cup!

What a weekend of rugby in the Heineken Cup!

Before going into that first game against Racing Metro (in France), we really considered ourselves as the underdogs.

Even though we had a relatively experienced team playing, we were playing against one of the giants of French rugby and we knew we needed a win to stand any chance of progressing in the cup as results hadn't really gone our way in the competition.

Winning that game in the way we did gave us a massive confidence boost going into the return fixture last Sunday.

We knew that if we stuck to our game plan, playing at a high tempo and moving their bigger boys around the pitch, then we always stood a good chance of winning.

After the win we are now set up nicely for a winner-take-all decider against Clermont Auvergne in the New Year and what a game that will be.

To win man-of-the-match was nice, but I think it's more a reflection of the team's performance than of my own. The team as a whole played incredibly well. As a winger, I was only given my chances to shine on the outside because the guys in the middle were putting in the hard yards.

Charlie Walker is happy to playing on the wing more regularly for Harlequins this season.

Charlie Walker is happy to be getting more regular games for Quins this season

For someone my age, it's just nice to be playing in such a good team. I've been given my chance recently through injuries and I just want to keep taking my chances and trying to offer something a little different to our other wingers.

I didn't have my best of seasons last year, coming home after a disappointing World Cup, my confidence was pretty shot. That’s why playing at Esher was so good for me at the time.

It gave me a chance to build my confidence back up and express myself playing some running rugby and I feel like this year definitely has the potential to be my coming-of-age season if I can keep taking my chances when given a run-out in the side.

The way things have worked out this year I seem to be spending most of the Christmas Holidays on the rugby pitch!

We have got a big game against Exeter on the 28th at Twickenham and everyone is really keen to play. We have been given Christmas Day off though and I am looking forward to going back to Leicester and putting my feet up, for a few hours at least!


Read Richard Wigglesworth's blog on the possible withdrawal of English clubs from European competition; click here.

 

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