Massive Games Coming Up

We hope to have three absolutely massive games coming up during the rest of the month.

After Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership semi-final on Saturday, we play Toulon in the Heineken Cup final the following week and, if we beat Quins, we will have a Premiership final to round it all off.

As a player, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Richard Wigglesworth says Saracens have massive matches coming at the end of the season.

It’s also an old cliché but you have to take every game one at a time and not afford yourself to drift to other games down the line. There is just not the mental energy to do that.

But it is also important to enjoy the good times and we certainly did that after beating Clermont in the Heineken semi-finals.

That was a day when things seemed to go our way. There was the odd call – like the penalty try and yellow card for Brock James early on – and then a try Owen Farrell scored bounced off his knee, not his hands as he ran through onto a loose ball.

I think Clermont felt it was not going to be their day. We had opened up a decent gap by half-time and it is so hard to chase a game like that when you are away from home and have a referee like Nigel Owens who lets the game flow and doesn’t stop it with his whistle unnecessarily.

It was also nice to make a bit of statement to those who had written us off because we had lost to Toulon, Clermont and Toulouse in recent games. They said we didn’t have what it took to beat the big French teams. I like to think that we proved otherwise.

The following Monday, we watched the video and all agreed they were the standards that we must keep for the rest of the season.

There is no use doing it once and letting ourselves down. We all know how hard these games are going to be over the next few weeks.

Quins have been on a good run to get to the last four and Toulon seem to be able to play a number of different styles. They have so many guys that can turn a game it’s incredible.

But we can play in different ways too and I feel we have received some unnecessary criticism towards our style of play in the past.

We were always going to evolve as a team and you can’t do that quickly. It takes time.

We have become a lot more clinical and are making good decisions on the ball. We have also scored more points than anyone has ever done in the Premiership this season – so we must be doing something right.


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