“Sitting on the touch line I just wanted to get on and play. Waiting, we watched as the score went one way then the other. We conceded 15 points all in penalties to lead 17-15 at half time.”
Day 4 (Wednesday)
Sorry for the late blog – it has been an emotional and physically knackering day so this is a bit late.
Game day. I sent out a thank you on my Facebook last night… the response I had was…well… humbling to say the least, I was overwhelmed with so many people supporting. I meant every word, and I think that it is incredibly important to remember your roots. Whether they be grassroots, school, college, academy, or county, the people around me make such a positive impact on me and it helps. Only last night I received a message from my best friend telling me to rock it! It’s the little things that really buoy you on to strive forward I feel. My girlfriend Rianna sent me a massive message which I read before I played.
So the day started slowly. Waking up and having to wait to play is a killer – you are bored all day! We went through some moves and I read my book.
I was ready to play. Pulling on my jersey… I felt so proud and I felt like nothing could stop me. I kept referring to my personal mantra, if you believe you can do it, no one can stop you.
We walked in twos to line up for the National Anthem. I listened to the Irish Anthem and I’m not ashamed to say I know every line for both. But a smile crept no my face as I contemplated running through the players, tackling them… running riot. Their anthem buoyed me up more.
Sitting on the touch line I just wanted to get on and play. Waiting, we watched as the score went one way then the other. We conceded 15 points all in penalties to lead 17-15 at half time.
When I came on I was determined. Playing for England. I didn’t feel under pressure, I just felt …tribal. First act was a throw, they got a finger too which messed our line and was a bad way to start for me. But over the next few minutes I rectified it. I don’t want to go too much into the game, I could analyse my play and those around me but it’s very late now. Just wish I could have run more. Final score 30-22. Did the Irish deserve to win? Yes. Simply I think they took their opportunities and made us pay for stupid mistakes – well done to them.
Hope home is okay, keep the support coming, we really appreciate it.