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• Gollings – Just keep your head for one more day
We’ve been training for so long and it’s great to be able to put everything into practice against Sri Lanka, Uganda and Australia on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games Sevens.
We stuck to what we’d spoken about, we set some goals and in each game we did what we said. You can’t ask for any more than three wins, which we’ve done today. We’ve set ourselves up but it doesn’t count for anything yet unless we go out and play well tomorrow against Samoa.
It was a great start to score nine tries against both Sri Lanka (59-7) and Uganda (55-0). Again, not taking it out of proportion it was good to see us put points on those teams, play well and not give them anything.
We always knew it would be completely different against Australia – it always is – and it went right to the wire. But the boys came away with the result. It’s a big confidence booster and they deserve it because they’ve worked so hard.
What’s really pleased me this year is that the likes of Dan Norton, Danny Caprice, Mat Turner – all young lads playing their first Commonwealth Games – really are playing well with a lot of confidence. They’ve got to keep backing themselves. They’ve got what it takes to be great Sevens players.
Now we’re going off to do the right things tonight. Recover, look after your body, just keep your head for one more day, 24 hours, and then you can chill out. A good night’s sleep required.