CHIEFS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AT HOME AGAINST HARLEQUINS


EXETER Chiefs boss Rob Baxter is hoping his team can return to winning ways when they host Harlequins in a sell-out clash at Sandy Park on Saturday (2pm).

The Chiefs have already secured their place in the Premiership play-offs but Baxter does not want them taking their foot of the pedal.

Exeter’s 14-month unbeaten home run came to an end in their last fixture at Sandy Park when Wasps beat them.

“There is a reality that we let ourselves down against Wasps,” said Baxter. “A week after cementing that semi-final place with a good win up at Leicester, without doubt we took our foot off the pedal against Wasps.

“I understand that and there are loads of reasons for it. If you qualify for the biggest thing you can achieve at this stage of the season, the week after – for whatever reason – isn’t going to feel as big as it should.

“That’s what happened against Wasps, but now we must use that as a little bit of a reminder to say the best way we can move forward is to prepare well every day, and use these final three games for what they are, which is they are precious opportunities to challenge ourselves to be better.”

International stars Santiago Cordero, Jack Nowell, Don Armand and Luke Cowan-Dickie all sit out tomorrow’s game, but the Chiefs are boosted by the return of Dave Dennis and Jonny Hill up front, while Tom O’Flaherty and Phil Dollman are added to the back division.

On the bench, Gareth Steenson has overcome a calf problem to reclaim his place in the match-day 23, where he will be joined by Sam Hill, who should he come onto the field, will be making his 100th Premiership appearance for the Chiefs.

CHIEFS SIDE TO FACE HARLEQUINS

15 Phil Dollman
14 Tom O’Flaherty
13 Henry Slade
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Joe Simmonds
9 Nic White
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Sean Lonsdale
8 Matt Kvesic

16 Elvis Taione
17 Ben Moon
18 Tomas Francis
19 Ollie Atkins
20 Richard Capstick
21 Jack Maunder
22 Gareth Steenson
23 Sam Hill

 

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