Losing 64-7 in your final pre-season warm-up can be looked at in two ways.
One, it can knock your confidence.
Or two, you can say there is much still to work on and that our opening day opponents at the start of the Championship season on Friday, Leeds, can never be as good as Leicester were.
We have already watched the game back and there is a genuine belief among the guys that we did some really good things but that every single mistake we made, got punished by a full-strength Leicester side.
They are a seriously big bunch of lads there. You don’t realise how big until you see them out on the pitch.
When we played London Irish a couple of weeks ago, we actually felt that we were fitter than their side. We couldn’t say that about Leicester.
I know everyone says this during pre-season, but we have really worked our socks off this year and there is a different feel around the place.
Martin Haag has come in as our new head coach and he wants to do well. While the squad want to impress him and put their hand up because he doesn’t know too much about us all.
When the slate is clean, we all have to stick our hands up.
I have had a niggly injury that has kept me out of pre-season but I am back in training and we are all looking forward to playing Leeds. Not only because it’s the first game of the season but because we have not won at home at the start of a new campaign for ages.
If we can get that monkey off our back with a first opening day win for a while, it will then give us confidence going into the next couple of games at Moseley and at home to Rotherham.
Hopefully, we can make it an impressive start to the season.
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