Dave Ward's Blogs
Well, where to start… what a few weeks the team has had, with four wins on the bounce and a semi-final to come it's going to be a very exciting end to the season.
It comes after a very good victory away at Plymouth. The game itself was a pretty scrappy affair, we as a team made too many mistakes in the final third and if a few of those final passes would have gone to hand it could have been a more dominant scoreline.
What a game it was on Saturday?! The last minute try from 'Jacko' and then 'Cookie' adding the extras in pretty dramatic style certainly made for an easier bus journey home.
Monday morning was a bit of a blur for me, like most of the team I woke up and certainly knew I played a game the previous day.
Well, okay, that might be a bit of an over reaction but after watching the performance of the players against Birmingham & Solihull this weekend, it was certainly pleasing to see so many tries being scored and the team playing a style of rugby that it aspires to.
On the rugby side it was a day of mixed emotions on Sunday. It was a real honour and privilege to lead the side at home against Bristol and for 40 minutes we certainly held our own against a very competent side.
The good news, however, is that we have won our first two game and as with all teams when you are winning you don’t feel the bumps and bruises, and the knocks that might keep you from training don’t hurt as much. This means everybody wants to be involved and play, which is the sort of headache any coach wants!
The last day of pre-season is finally over (at least for another year) and it culminated in the second pre-season match versus Harlequins. Obviously it was a very different opposition to the Cardiff game and the fast, free flowing rugby and high pace of the game, plus the score line, certainly suggest that.
this is my first time writing a “blog” and so when I was approached to do so I thought it could be a good way for everyone to gain an insight into the life of a professional rugby player, and more importantly the life of a rugby playing forward (there is a difference I promise!).