It has been a cracking week on and off the pitch for Saracens.
Sunday’s win over Harlequins was one that we needed, not only because we had lost the previous week at Exeter, but also to make a little mark in Quins’ unbeaten record.
You could say that we were a bit lucky in the end when discipline let us down and we gave Nick Evans a chance to win the match with the last kick. He missed it thankfully, but we have been on the wrong end of close results in the past so perhaps we were due a bit of luck.
I was also really pleased for Owen Farrell who has been taking some unnecessary stick recently but booted over six kicks form six attempts, won us the game and earned himself a man-of-the-match award in the process.
You know you are playing a good team when you play Harlequins now and they have backed up last season’s title with a good start so it was pleasing to beat them.
After the game we got on the bus and made what is becoming a bit of a pilgrimage to the Munich Beer Festival, more commonly known as the Oktoberfest.
When I went there two years ago, it was my first trip with the club and we had a cracking time. Unfortunately, the midnight flight home was not perhaps such a good idea as we left one un-named player in German after they failed to make the flight!
This time, we got to stay overnight and it was a memorable trip.
There are beer tents everywhere selling all sorts of different beers and there is a real festival atmosphere about the place.
All of the squad travelled and we went round sampling what was on offer and just getting up to some daft antics along the way.
We all feel privileged to go on such trips that the club put on and we have no problem in having a good laugh when the time is right.
If you are professional for 99 per cent of the time, you can afford to let your hair down for the other one per cent.
Saracens have a saying that you won’t remember all of the games in your career. Apart from the really big ones, most games can easily be forgotten.
But the memories that you make with your mates, you will still be talking about in 30 years’ time.
Munich was one of them.
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