We have just finished playing the Saints and Quins in a seven-days
period and that was about as tough a fixture list as you wish for in
the Aviva Premiership this season.
It has been a real test both mentally and physically. We have known
that we have to really turn it on against two of the league’s top
But it is something that the really good teams can do it. The spirit
of the boys here at Leicester is incredible.
Inbetween the games, we were not at full pelt training-wise but you
could not describe it as an easy week that’s for sure. At Leicester,
I don’t think the foot is ever taken off the gas.
We went into the two games knowing that we really needed to win both
of them, away from home, if we were to achieve our aim of a home semi-final.
In those situations, and with the importance attached to it, it can be
hard to keep yourself calm during the week. When I was younger, I
might have been bouncing off the walls with nervous excitement.
The danger is that you get too pent up and are exhausted by the time
Nowadays, I am a bit longer in the tooth and so I managed to keep
myself pretty relaxed all week and not think about the game until
Having a family helps that. There is no doubt about that.
Before I met my wife, I lived on my own for four or five years and it
was much harder then to relax at home with a big game coming up.
Sitting on your own at night makes it easier to sit there thinking of
the pressure associated with a big game.
Coming home to a young child who doesn’t know what you are doing and isn’t bothered about whether you win or lose, makes it
easier to forget about work when people are relying on you at home.
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