Sunday afternoon saw the rare opportunity for a loose head prop under the age of 20 make his full debut for the saints against their longest rivals, Leicester tigers. Due to a handful of injuries which have occurred over the last few weeks at loose head prop, gave Emanuel Iyogun his chance. It just so happens that I made my home debut against the tigers as well and for me it was a special day. A derby day win at home in my first, 1st team outing was a very special day. I know how Manny must of been feeling.
A few of the emotions sat on the bench are that of excitement, nerves, pressure and you know that you’re going into the cauldron to have a proper fight. In the warm up to my first game, Ellis Genge ran up to me and said “you better hope you don’t get on today, because I am coming for you”. Fair to say he did come for me, but we held out as a team and saw a famous win against our old rivals. Unfortunately this Sunday wasn’t the same result for the boys. 5 penalties, a try and a drop goal saw our 3 tries not quite be enough. It just goes to show that in the Premiership sometimes, the better style of rugby doesn’t always win you the game. At the moment it feels like it’s a rut that we are struggling to get out of, not through a lack of effort but through the occasional skill error and the occasional lack of concentration.
This weekend gives us the chance to play in the knock out rounds of Europe. The first time in the top flight for a few years and the boys can’t wait. We travel down to Exeter, a place we have spent a fair amount of time at over the last couple of seasons. The exciting thing about knock out rugby is that it is whoever turns up on the day can go through to the next round. 3 wins in a row and you’ve won the European cup. Let’s see if we can get that first win under our belt and keep marching forward.
Thank you for all your support. As always.