The Adventures of Sinbad: Steph, Savage and feeling fresh
TOM SAVAGE IS THE PERFECT CHOICE TO LEAD US INTO BATTLE
ATTITUDE makes Tom Savage’s age irrelevant.
But at 24 and still improving, now that he’s Gloucester captain, I think it’s a role he could fill for years.
He gets on with everyone, is honest and hard working.
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He’s also able to have a good laugh too. He’s not too intense, which is important.
Sav has a good crack at the job now.
Nigel has made a shrewd and big statement for the future.
You don’t always need a World Cup winner or a ten-year stalwart as your captain.
If things go well, Sav keeps improving as we can fairly expect and he can keep hold of the jersey, I see no reason why he can’t be Gloucester captain for years to come.
And if that happens, then it’s likely he could end up being a real club legend.
I find myself backing more and more of Nigel’s decisions, and this is no exception.
Sav leads from the front, he draws people in with him – and he listens too.
He’s not just going to make decisions on his own, he will gauge the views of those around him and we’ll be stronger because of it.
So if Freddie says he wants to go for goal, then Sav will back him on it.
And if someone thinks of a good idea, then he will hear them out and take it forward.
I'M FEELING SO FRESH, PERHAPS THAT INJURY WAS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE
MAYBE missing effectively the second half of last season can extend my career in the long-run.
It was massively frustrating being out longer than expected last season recovering from shoulder surgery.
But while I was working hard in rehab, I wasn’t picking up the bumps and bruises that are part and parcel of any given week in the Premiership or Europe.
I am feeling extremely fresh now, without having had that wear and tear at the back end of last term.
Maybe it won’t make much difference at all, but if it allows me to prolong my career even a little bit overall, then I hope that can be the case.
Obviously at this point I’m not thinking about an end, far from it, but I think you’ve got to harness any positives you can from injuries, to offset the frustration.
By the end of last season I am sure most of the guys were completely ready for a break, to give their bodies time to recover.
That was the last thing I wanted, so after a long pre-season I was absolutely delighted to get back to match action against Munster at the weekend.
I was so hyped up for the game, that afterwards I was pretty annoyed with how we played collectively and my personal involvement.
With a bit more reflection there were some good elements.
But the horrendous rain and soaked conditions limited our attacking options.
We could have been tighter generally, and I definitely craved more ball personally.
This weekend we will have our last chance to impress the coaches before the new league season gets underway.
And the double-header at Kingsholm is a great idea.
Both matches will be tough, and back-to-back games will test our entire squad.
It was only two years ago that Championship side London Welsh won at Kingsholm in pre-season, so we certainly cannot take Plymouth lightly and that will be a tough challenge first-up.
Then the match against Scarlets will be intriguing because of Nigel’s long association and link with the club – but more so because it will be a huge test.
Hopefully we’ll be able to test-drive a lot more of our attacking gameplan tomorrow night.
STEPH'S GOT PACE AND FLARE
STEPH Reynolds took his try out in Munster extremely well.
He’s got exceptional flair and is among the quickest in our squad.
What I think could mark him out as someone who can really thrive, though, is the fact that he listens intently to all the advice he’s given.
Steph (above) wants to learn, broaden his skills and just improve all the time.
He’s moving in the right direction, and all he needs now is to play as often as possible, whatever the level.