Forget about last year - new tests await
Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30
The greats of sport win a game and they forget about it the week after, writes Johnny O'Connor.
They park it and immediately they switch focus and start to plan for the next game and then the next one after that.
Any of the players that I have been around, that have won a lot and continued to be successful, have all been incredible in their ability to park success and kick on to new challenges.
I once played with Lawrence Dallaglio six days after he won a World Cup. That is what you call leadership and class.
When I was with Wasps back then, it was just after England had won the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia but all of their internationals returned and played a game with us straight away.
They knew who their club was and they wanted to win the double that year. And it's great to see team-mates who do things like that because it sets the tone for everyone.
Winning stuff is a nice warm feeling, it's good for any player and any team but you need to re-focus afterwards. Everyone has goals and I'm sure this Connacht side will be ready for a big match against Ospreys.
The people that really accomplished great things in sport resist the things that make you go soft and keep their edge.