Quins blog: Quins must show big game potential
5:27pm Friday 11th May 2012 in Rugby Union
We have all had that moment, writes Ben Wallace.
That moment during an argument when you realise that after all you have said, they might be right and you might be wrong.
I expect many Quins supporters might find themselves in this situation this week as they prepare for their semi-final clash against Northampton Saints on Saturday.
Since the introduction of a play-off system I have supported the sporting spectacle, the sense of occasion and the excitement of having semis and a final to decide the winner of the league.
As a Quins fan, I am no longer sure. With Quins having led the Aviva Premiership from round three to round 22, I am starting to question my support for the play-off route.
Since the knock-out format was introduced, on only four occasions have the team that won the league gone on to win the Championship – three of those were won by Leicester Tigers.
The Premiership is not a league, nor is it a cup competition. It is a hybrid of both.
Do not get me wrong, I am not moaning. All 12 teams started the season knowing how it would end. But I wonder how many clubs understand how to prepare and win the hybrid format.
It would be easy for Quins’ outstanding season to end this Saturday against Northampton without silverware, but I do not think it will. In the past 12 months they have won the Amlin cup, beaten Saracens at Wembley and taken down Toulouse on their home turf.
To have a shot at the title, Quins must leave behind the qualities of a consistent league side – and unleash their potential as big game winners.