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Delhi Daily with Ben Gollings: Day 4

07 October 2010

  • Ben Gollings gives you the inside track on England's quest for Commonwealth gold
  • World record sevens points scorer on playing Scotland and the 100m

England Sevens captain Ben Gollings in action against Scotland

Photo: Getty Images

We had our best training session of our time in Delhi so far when we took on Scotland for some full-contact work at Hindu College. Our reward was to be able to unwind and watch the 100m finals in the main athletics stadium in the evening.

In our first warm-up outing against Canada on Tuesday we weren’t at our best and it made us a bit more honest. We had to look at ourselves. You can cruise along in your own little bubble but if you don’t go out and try things and see if they make a positive change, then you never know.

In response to not getting things right first time the boys have done what they always do well – bounce back, raise the mood and relax a bit. We’re at the Commonwealth Games but what we do is still essentially the same.

We enjoy the occasion and enjoy our rugby. We’ve had a pretty heavy week’s training and to finish on such a high, looking sharp and composed in defence and attack was great. We have a well-earned rest day tomorrow.

The 100m finals were pretty impressive. In the men’s final, Lerone Clarke looked in great shape just warming up – casually cruising along but so sharp you kind of weren’t surprised he won it – while Mark Lewis Francis had a shocking start and then pulled things back, which was impressive too.

They are just lightning and it’s pretty amazing to watch it live. You finally understand how quick it is – and there are guys like Usain Bolt who can go quicker.

To be able to pop out to the athletics and have a watch was exciting and the boys all enjoyed it. We’ll get to have a look at some more other sports tomorrow – with more athletics and hockey on the agenda, as well as some quality rest as things build up towards our game days.