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