Tiger To Busy To Sit Down

Tiger To Busy To Sit Down

I have to admit that I would have rather spent last week in Leicester than Abu Dhabi.

I have not lost the plot, I promise. It’s just that I had more pressing matters to attend to at home than fly to spend a few days in the lap of luxury, like the Harlequins boys did.

Don’t get me wrong, if the offer of a free trip to somewhere like they went to came up, you would have to have a long look at it.

But with trying to get some accommodation sorted near London for my summer move to the Exiles, I needed to be here.  It has kind of crept up really quickly recently. Things have been so busy at the Tigers that I have rarely had time to sit down and think or plan anything other than what to do in our next game.

Our next game now, just happens to be the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham - and I can’t wait.

This week we have back in full training and Cockers and Matt O’Connor – our backs coach – have had a list of things that we have needed to get through.

There is a bit more tension around the camp this week as you would expect with the season on the line on Saturday.

People deal with that tension in different ways. The good thing this season is that we have already had the LV= Cup final and winning that was ideal preparation for this week.

We try to treat every game in the same way at Leicester but it is do or die on Saturday and the whole season is at stake so of course there is more to it.

It’s all about pacing yourself. I don’t want to get too worked up during the week but, by kick-off time, I want to be bouncing off the walls in the changing rooms.

There are some young guys in our squad but even they have experience. When you look at the big games that the likes of Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi have played in, they are hardly going to get star-struck by the big stage at HQ.

There are some really cool heads around too and it helps that the mantra of the club is to take things in your stride and just deal with it.

“It is what it is,” as Cockers says.

At the same time, I am more aware than most, that these are the sort of weeks that you play the game for. This is my last week as a Leicester Tiger. I hope I will have the chance to play at Twickenham again in the future but you never know.

Because of that, I want to soak up the moment and the atmosphere.

But to really enjoy this week, me, and the rest of the lads, need to be standing there in the middle of the pitch on Saturday tea time with a winners’ medal around our necks.

*Watch the Aviva Premiership Final between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers on ESPN this Saturday 2pm - Who will be the English Champions?.


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