24 years and 300 games

I notched up my 300th game for Nottingham in the 11-10 defeat by Cornish Pirates last weekend.

I first played for the club 24 years ago in the minis and, so I am told, I am the first player in a decade to reach the 300 Club and the 14thplayer to make it in the club’s 135-year history.

It is quite a large number of games to play for one club but what makes it special for me is that they were in the Green and White of Nottingham, my home town club.

If those stats are not enough to make the legs feel a little bit heavier, our defeat at the Mennaye would have done.

They were some of the worst conditions I have played in. We slugged it out in incredibly muddy conditions and we all left the field caked in the stuff, well the forwards more than the backs!

The defeat was frustrating. It’s a really hard place to win at and to fall one point short of what would have been a massive victory was tough to take on the long journey home.

The defeat was the exception to the norm in recent times though because we have been playing some cracking rugby.

We have won at Plymouth and recorded really big home wins over Bristol and Doncaster which had put us in second place before defeat to the Pirates.

There is a good belief within the squad and we are maintaining level-headed about how good we are and how good we can be.

There is much to improve on – as there always is I suppose. We are on a journey and we are always trying to keep building.

We had those big wins against two good sides but we came unstuck away at Newcastle, losing 29-9. Being harsh on ourselves, we know that we have to beat sides like Newcastle if we want to get promoted.

At the half way point in the league nobody is getting ahead of themselves.

Dave Jackson has played for Nottingham Rugby from minis and racked up 300 first team games.

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