Looking Forward to Kicking Saracens

The old kicking boot was in good working order last weekend as we got our Aviva Premiership season off to a bang with a win at Newcastle.

The boys put in a good, workmanlike performance and we bagged the kind of ugly 22-9 win away from home that you need to get if you are going to try and win titles.

On a cold and wet day (who would have thought that in Newcastle) it was always going to be a game decided by penalties and I managed to kick most of mine.

Goal kicking is a hugely technical issue but I try and simplify my style as much as I can and don’t over-complicate matters.

I am not one to spend hours and hours out in front of the posts either like Jonny Wilkinson is famed for.

I normally come in on Monday and just get my leg swinging again and not really bother about where the kicks go. I spend time looking at technique on Tuesday and then Thursday and Friday go though my own routine which normally ends when I feel happy with what I am doing.

If it’s not going well, I will stay out there for a bit longer until it is.

If I am confident in my mind about what I am doing, it takes me into a game in a good frame of mind and I reckon 90 per cent of goal-kicking is in the mind.

On the pitch, while lining a kick up, I will try and pick out an umbrella or a red shirt of something that stands out as something to kick at.

It will need to go well this weekend as well because champions Saracens are coming to The Rec and we will need to take all the points on offer.

They will be smarting from their opening day defeat by Wasps but we are at home and, if we can win two on the bounce, we will be in a good place.

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