Training this week has been really good and all the lads are looking forward to kicking off our Heineken Cup campaign against Harlequins on Saturday.
We really wanted to head into this game with some momentum but that was not to be as we lost to Glasgow last weekend. It was hugely frustrating but if we are to take any positives out of that loss it was that it was down to our mistakes that cost us the game.
We have worked hard on fixing those mistakes and we've also been looking at improving other things for Quins. I played at the Stoop a few years ago and it's a good ground with fantastic support - the away changing room was a bit small if I remember correctly so it should be nice and cosy with all the lads crammed in!
We are looking forward to this game, I'm lucky to have experienced success with Wales and with the British and Irish Lions and could not think of anything better than doing it with the Scarlets. These are the games that we want to win and this is the competition we want to do well in.
We are looking forward to this game, I'm lucky to have experienced success with Wales and with the British and Irish Lions and could not think of anything better than doing it with the Scarlets.
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It's a tough group, along with Quins we also have big spenders Racing Metro and Clermont Auvergne and I don't think many people are giving us much of a chance.
But if we look back a few years ago everyone had written us off but we went down to Northampton and got a bonus point there. We know it's going to be tough - it's the best teams in Europe - but we have been there and done it and we need to tap into those positives to help us get to those heights again.
We will travel up on Friday and then head to the Stoop for a walk around just to get the journey out of our legs and to make sure all the boys know what to focus on.
The coach trip up is pretty relaxed affair; we'll all have our ipads and music on. I am not sure if there will be any cards though - Matthew Rees was the main card man but now that he's left I am not sure who will be organising that. I'll just find a seat somewhere far away from the old heads who have taken over the back of the bus and watch Breaking Bad!
Saturday should be an exciting game, we are very comfortable with the ball in hand and love to run it and Quins are a huge threat with players like Danny Care and Nick Evans. Their back three is really potent too and like us, they really like to run the ball and play the game at a fast pace. So we have concentrated on our defence this week and need to make sure that we don't give them the opportunity to run at us.
We may not have the momentum but we are definitely heading in the right direction and want to show the rest of the teams in our Pool that we are also contenders.
Watch Harlequins take on Scarlets, 15,40, Sat, Sky Sports 2 HD