Our campaign ended as a microcosm of the whole season.
The loss to London Welsh, which was the final game we played, proved
that we were close to threatening the best teams in the Championship.
But ultimately, we were not close enough.
We played some good stuff in the first half and built a good lead,
only for them to really come at us after the break and take the game
away from us.
We have been close to the likes of London Welsh, Bristol and Bedfords
all season but we have just not been able to take that final step to
be a real threat to those who will now be competing in the
We have come up just short and we will be working on why that was in
the off season.
Personally, I spent a large part of the season injured with my broken shoulder.
Because of that, part of me wishes the season could go on for longer
but, at the same time, my body has taken what has felt like a bigger
battering than usual, so I will enjoy the five weeks off we now have.
I am not one who likes to sit around doing nothing for too long so I
am spending the next few weeks doing my house up.
At the moment, you would do well to spot the difference between my
home and a local tip. I have stripped it right down and intend to give
the professionals a hand when they arrive to put it back together
As for the Championship, most people are talking up Bristol and London
Welsh as the teams to beat but I have a sneaking feeling for Bedford.
Some of the other teams involved may feel the pressure of expectation
and unwittingly go into their shell. Bedford play attractive rugby and
I can’t see them changing their game plan.
Fortune often favours the brave.
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