Destiny Out Of Our Own Hands

Destiny Out Of Our Own Hands

There was no hiding the disappointment of our narrow loss to Northampton Saints at Sandy Park.

Coming so close to securing a guaranteed semi-final slot was tough to take. The second half cost us dearly after playing so well in the first.

We may still get there and that has to be our aim when we go to Saracens this weekend. But we need Worcester to do us a favour against the Saints.

It’s out of our hands now and that is the most frustrating aspect.

But we are pretty new to this Premiership game and we will all learn from the experience.

Despite the disappointment felt in the changing room and, I am sure, in the stands, our supporters were terrific in the bar afterwards and quickly made us all remember what we have achieved this season.

Whatever happens next weekend, we have already guaranteed a spot in next season’s Heineken Cup with a top six finish and that is something we are all very proud of.

It has probably not really sunk in yet and maybe it won’t until we see the fixture list but being able to mix it with the biggest clubs in the northern hemisphere is very exciting for the whole of the club.

Qualifying for the Heineken Cup is massive for us as players, the club and the city. The reaction we have had from fans and sponsors has been superb.

We had a taste of the sort of fixtures we will be playing with games like Stade Francais away in the Amlin Cup. And to be playing fixtures of that intensity against clubs with that sort of history every game next season in Europe will be huge.

We tend to do well when we go into games as underdogs and I imagine we will be for most of our games as debutants in a competition of that stature.

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