The thin line between success and failure is a distinction that Stuart Hogg and his Glasgow Warriors side know all too well.
But after labouring under the burdens of great expectations and promise in recent years, Glasgow can put all that behind them in tomorrow’s Guinness Pro12 final against Munster at Ravenhill, Belfast.
Last year, Warriors won 19 games, the most ever by a Scottish side in the Pro12, but lost when it mattered most. In the last four years, Glasgow have won 63 games, making them the only team in the Pro12 play-off era to lead the league in wins without actually winning anything.
Sitting top of the table again this season with 16 victories, Hogg and his Warriors teammates have set their sights on finally claiming that elusive Pro12 title.
“We have targeted all season to be the first Scottish team to win silverware and we’re now in a great position to do that this weekend,” he said.
“It was disappointing last season but as a team we are playing really well again this time around, and hopefully if we can put in a big performance we can become the first Scottish side to win a title.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard to get to where we are and we are very much excited. It is going to be a great occasion, one we hopefully remember for the right reasons.”
Hogg, who missed last season’s title run-in after issues surrounding his contract saw him dropped from the side, is relishing the chance of playing in a final. “I’m looking forward to the whole occasion. We worked ourselves into a similar position this time last season but I wasn’t involved, which was very disappointing.
“A few things happened [last season] that I have learnt and moved on from. I’m a lot calmer and focused on becoming a better person. There were times when I fell out with the game but I’m back enjoying my rugby again and now the most important thing is to concentrate on this weekend and get the result we want.”