I would have rather greeted my England team mates on their return to the club as Grand Slam champions.
It must have been hard for the lads involved to take a defeat like the one in Wales and move on so quickly. But we are lucky to have so many superb professionals in the Saracens squad that I don’t think it will be an issue.
Take Owen Farrell for example. He is a dedicated pro who is really into his sport and just loves what he does.
We had a meeting on Monday to discuss what we were going to do during the week and he was there, even though he didn’t have to be.
Guys like Owen are the ones that will always make it and always be at the top of the game. Their attitude is spot on.
This talent thing is largely a myth. It is those who work hard, apply themselves and have the right mindset who will be up there with the best.
I am not saying that you don’t need to be good - just that guys like Owen and Brad Barritt are so strong minded.
I don’t know how I would feel after such an emotional defeat as the lads suffered in Cardiff but one thing I would want to do would be to come back and play in a big games as soon as possible.
If the boys feel the same way, they have the ideal scenario this weekend as we play Harlequins in an Aviva Premiership first versus second match-up.
It doesn’t get much bigger than that, especially at this stage of the season.
We have got five league games left and a Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster. We’ve got big games every single week.
Quins will be playing us a week after winning the LV= Cup and, having been knocked out in the semi-finals by a Sale side that were well-beaten in the final, the lads were annoyed that we didn’t play as well as we could have to have earned the right to give Quins a run for their money.
It should be an excellent contest and we are all really looking forward to it.
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