Anthony Watson says he will not watch England’s World Cup final defeat for as long as he is playing rugby.
The Bath fullback was one of the star performers in Japan, ending more than a year of injury hell with a series of top class displays.
He earned rave reviews in the semi-final against New Zealand, as England turned in one of their best ever displays.
Yet Watson will not be watching that again - just as he won’t be tuning in to see how England got it wrong against South Africa in the final.
“I won’t go back and relive those games, whilst I’m still playing anyway,” said the 25-year-old, who lines up against Harlequins in the Champions Cup on Saturday
“Definitely the full 80 minutes I won’t watch. It’s been and gone. There’s more to do, more to achieve.”
The final is understandable, given the hammering inflicted by the Springboks that day in Yokohama. Surely, though, the All Blacks game is one to see again?
“No, I never go back and try to relive something for the purpose of enjoying it,” Watson said.
“Don’t get me wrong I definitely did enjoy that win. When the final whistle blew I was buzzing, for probably that whole evening.
“But then my focus switched to the next game, to trying to do the same thing next week. That’s how we were throughout the whole tournament.
“For me that’s part of the process and that’s why I love it. Striving to be consistent and to back things up.”
Watson was devastated at how the final played out, England never in the contest against a ferocious opponent seven days after putting the champions to the sword.
But three weeks on from that 32-12 loss he is expected to deliver for Bath in a game they can ill-afford to lose after coughing up their European opener at home to Ulster.
Which is why, he explains, it is important to remain emotionally on an even keel.
“I was disappointed, as was everyone, having put in so much work,” said Watson. “But sport moves quickly. If you don’t get with the programme you get left behind and that’s the last thing I want.
“I want to be performing week in week out for Bath because it’s so important for me to come back and play well for these guys, especially after only playing three games for them last season. I feel I owe them.
“We gave everything in trying to win the World Cup. We weren’t quite able to do that. It’s now about using that as motivation coming back to the club and trying to be a better player.”