SARACENS have already reached one final and tomorrow we hope to book our place in another, but none of it will count for much unless we finish the season with a trophy or two this time.
If ever we needed a reminder not to get carried away then we only have to remember last season, when we finished empty handed despite reaching the Premiership and Heineken Cup semi-finals.
But we go into another clash with Harlequins feeling confident and playing really well, as we showed in our last European match, the 46-6 defeat of Clermont Auvergne.
It was a near-perfect performance and if you’d offered me that scoreline before the game I’d have bitten your hand off. Clermont have long been among Europe’s best teams so the result was a dream come true.
It feels like we’ve hit form at the right time and, though a first European title is just one win away, we don’t have any difficulty at all switching our attention back to domestic fixtures. I haven’t heard anyone at Saracens so much as mention the Heineken Cup final.
In recent years our coaches have tried novel ways to make team-talks memorable, such as bringing in live wolves, but there has been nothing of that sort during this run of big games. My view is that if you need people – or animals – motivating you for a semi-final then there’s probably something wrong with you.
Having come this far we’d be very disappointed to finish the season without some silverware – we want to win trophies and make no bones about that. So far we have put ourselves in a great position. Over the next two weekends we hope to put ourselves in an even better one.
Alex Goode plays for Saracens and England. To buy tickets for Saracens v Toulon in the Heineken Cup final visit saracens.com or call 0844 847 1876.