Reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs have certainly not taken their foot off the gas since lifting the trophy at Twickenham last May.
Ten wins from 14 games sees them once again at the summit of the league table with a defeat to Worcester Warriors last week just their fourth of the year.
But versatile back Phil Dollman knows the importance to the squad of taking time to relax off the field to enable them to perform at their peak on it.
All sports and a bit of dancing
The 32-year-old plays golf, when the weather is right, with his fellow Chiefs and tried his hand at a wide range of activities as a youngster.
“I was very much encouraged to try everything, I played as many sports as I could, golf, cricket, rugby, even ballroom dancing – that was the way it was in my family,” said Dollman.
“I don’t know if I could pull it out regularly now; it’s a little-known fact when I was growing up my parents encouraged me and I competed for rosettes in ballroom dancing until I was about ten.
“My brother Mark and I were out of the house all the time as youngsters, I think it’s really important to be active. My brother still plays rugby and we are an active family.
“I am a fair-weather golfer and it’s important time away from rugby, it’s relaxing for me with a bit of competition in there as well.
“There’s some decent golfers at Chiefs, I am a bit low on practice at the moment. Joe Simmonds has the lowest handicap, five or six, and Will Chudley is the bandit, he says he’s 15 but it’s more like ten.
“I am sure every time he’s on the same handicap and he needs to be cut. I know a lot of people are rugby, rugby, rugby but I think I would burn out if I was like that.”
The ‘Red Rocket’
The competitive edge which has seen Exeter Chiefs rise through the ranks of English rugby to the very top isn’t limited to just golf either.
Some members of the squad like to arrive in style to Sandy Park though few can keep up with Dollman’s own Peugeot 206 2L which he’s nicknamed ‘The Red Rocket’.
He explains: “I have called it the Red Rocket because I have had it 12 years and, as you can guess, it’s not the most glamorous or quickest but its surprises a few people. It’s got a bit of life left in it yet. "I only do 2,000 miles a year so I don’t need anything flash"
“There’s a bit of chat that goes around the club, boys going at each other about the car they’re driving whereas I am very much keeping it real.
“Luke Cowan-Dickie has a new car every six months. He likes a high-performance or high-end sports car which makes a lot of noise, Porsches or Mercedes.
“I only do 2,000 miles a year so I don’t need anything flash, the Peugeot does the job.”
On the field, Exeter Chiefs are once again the team to hunt down as the other Premiership clubs look to knock them off their throne as English champions.
After Round 14, they lead second-placed Saracens by two points and Dollman believes a top-two finish, and a home semi-final, is a minimum requirement.
“It’s gone well so far, we have had a little bit of a sticky patch lately, we started the year well and want to regain that form and push on because there’s not many games left,” he added. "We want to finish top"
“The main aim is to get the top four but really we want to push on from last year – we are not comfortable in the top four and we want to finish top.
“It’s in our own hands but other sides are hitting form so we have to retaliate. Everyone is fighting for points, everyone is trying to get as much out of every game as possible.
“It’s the same for us we want to get as many points in the league as possible to put us in a good position come the end of the year.”