Look at his­tory Don’t make same mis­takes as our side did in 2003

Gloucestershire Echo - - DEACS WEEK -

IN 2003 I was part of what I be­lieve to be the best Glouces­ter team to play in the pro­fes­sional era; not in­clud­ing the present day who I think will be­come the true great side and will cre­ate their own his­tory.

Back then how­ever, we won the league by 15 points - hav­ing al­ready won the Pow­er­gen Cup at Twick­en­ham in front of 72,000 spec­ta­tors.

After beat­ing Exeter, Sara­cens, and Le­ices­ter on the way to the fi­nal, we then con­vinc­ingly beat Northamp­ton Saints in the fi­nal, gave me my most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence in a Cherry and White shirt.

My point is that in 2003 after win­ning the league, we then had to wait three weeks to play the grand fi­nal which was in those days a game where the league win­ner played the win­ner of a semi-fi­nal be­tween the sides fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third at Twick­en­ham.

Players were kick­ing their heels and the eu­pho­ria of win­ning the cup dis­si­pated over time with­out a game, so players be­came lack­lus­tre and we lost that all-im­por­tant mo­men­tum. You can only do so much train­ing.

Ack­er­mann must now plan his se­lec­tion with pin­point ac­cu­racy and who­ever is picked needs to be wait­ing to be un­leashed to run through brick walls for the cause.

Suc­cess may not just be on the train­ing field in these lat­ter stages of the sea­son, it is also based on what the boss chooses to do off it.

Look at his­tory Jo­han and learn from it. A mo­ti­vated, fresh and fit Glouces­ter side is a match for any side, espe­cially in a knock­out sce­nario.

It will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see how it all un­folds. Be­ing in the play-offs is where it’s at and will make Ack­er­mann and his players he­roes for years to come if they pull of win­ning a grand fi­nal.

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