Despite winning the Sprint Series, Captain Lee Miller and Head Coach Fergus pringle are taking nothing for granted.
An outstanding Sprint Series brings Watosnians into the full FOSROC Super6 season on a high, but with a long season ahead and a target on their backs, can the team continue their rise?
We spoke to Captain Lee Miller and Head Coach Fergus Pringle ahead of today's season opener with Southern Knights and put some questions to them.
An unbeaten Sprint Series has raised the expectations around Myreside and a squad that brought Silverware to the clubhouse will be expected to push on.
Despite completing the Sprint Series undefeated, the overriding feeling in the changing room is that the real work starts here.
When asked about expectations for the season, Lee Miller said, "We can take a lot of confidence forward from the sprint comp, but we know it will be another step up in quality with plenty of physical games week after week."
Ferg reiterates he expects the season to be challenging and competitive, with everyone determined to do well. The Head coach follows that by reaffirming what Lee said "We can't read too much into the Sprint. This is a different comp, with slightly different squads and some new coaches on other teams."
Miller believes that while the momentum generated won't help come 4:30 pm today although, it certainly helped them in training between the end of the Sprint and now.
"I think we have done well to carry the momentum from the sprint comp into our preparations for the start of the main comp." But the captain also knows the job as a team is far from over. "We know that we probably didn't put together a complete performance throughout the sprint, so we've worked hard the last few weeks to improve as a group."
Of course, with any competition, there are other teams to factor in and both Fergus and Miller know that the teams in the Super6 have spent the last six weeks improving.
Head Coach Pringle said, "We expect all the teams to be very strong and competitive and the games to be tough. Our sprint games were all tough and pretty close."
"We're just focusing on ourselves and how we can grow and get better. I think all the teams will have that focus."
Miller believes the team knows this, too, commenting, "We know every week is going to be a tough game. It's always a physical battle, no matter who we play. Each team in this competition is capable of beating one another on their day."
With battle set to resume later today, Pringle knows that the first step in any campaign is to get yourselves right and when asked about having a target on their backs, he responds cooly, "We're just focusing on ourselves and how we can grow and get better. I think all the teams will have that focus."
Miller repeats this sentiment when asked about the target, "Teams might be looking at us as the ones to beat. However, as a group, we are staying focused on our game and improving day by day."
With the first of the ten-game regular season, this afternoon at The Greenyards, the team will return to Myreside next Saturday, 13th of August, for a home tie with Ayrshire Bulls.
If you cannot get to The Greenyards for today's math, you can watch live via the Scottish Rugby Website (bit.ly/3dbWVfL). We will also have live coverage through our Twitter page.
The FOSROC Super6 culminates in a playoff series in October.