It’s semi-final weekend in the Aviva Premiership and the top four clubs that are contesting this year’s games have been the top four for a couple of years now.
One thing for certain is that there is a lot of quality within those sides and it no surprise that people might find it hard to predict two winners.
Anyone of those four sides will genuinely believe they can win the thing having got to this stage.
We are hoping that home advantage is as important as it has been in recent years for providing eventual finalists. We have done well at Allianz Park after settling in and played some good rugby there. We will be confident of doing well.
The last time we played Saints though, Stephen Myler’s last-second penalty hit the bar and bounced back on the wrong side for his team. Had it gone over, they would have beaten us.
Sunday’s game will be the latest in a long spell of big games we have been involved in.
Our loss to Toulon in the semi-final of the Heineken Cup was a massive disappointment. We did things that we hadn’t been doing all season and, with Jonny Wilkinson on the opposite side, you tend to get punished if you are not at your best.
We had a couple of days off afterwards and that helped put things into perspective and quickly brighten the mood in the camp.
Last season, we were outclassed by Clermont in the quarter-finals. This year, we went one better and we certainly not outclassed by Toulon. That represents clear progression for our side. I hope we can get though another round next season and end up in the final.
Before then, there is a more immediate final to concentrate on getting to.