The Exeter Chiefs would be playing against the Northampton Saints on Friday, 30th September 2016. In this Premiership event Calum Clark would be playing who was part of the warm up squad of the 2015 World Cup team of England. The Franklin’s gardens would be opening up for this day as the game kicks off in the evening hours. Calum Clark would be taking the role of the England flanker and this would be his first appearance after he played for the Northampton Saints in May 2015.
When it comes to the Exeter team, the head coach has stated on Radio in Devon that Jack Nowell would be on the bench this time as he has suffered a thumb injury and subsequent surgery recently. As Jack has come back from his surgery for about ten days or a week, he would avoid playing as falling or catching will affect his thumb more.
The win that Exeter had over Bristol Rugby has definitely hoped the team to get their confidence back this season. After suffering two losses beginning of the season, the head coach of Exeter Chiefs, Rob Baxter, has been applauded as the man of the match after the successful win against Bristol Rugby. This game definitely helped to turn around the fortunes of the team.
The Chiefs have been able to get victories and bonus points in the performance that they showcased. Woodburn made a double that was added by Sam Hill as well as by Thomas Waldrom. The Chiefs ended up with a victory score of 41 over 17 against their rival team. The game was played at Ashton Gate. Even though Baxter felt that the team could have performed better, the game has definitely seen Exeter improve in their team performance.
Exeter Chiefs have registered their first victory in the ongoing 2016-17 Aviva Rugby Premiership by defeating the Harlequins last Saturday. The opening two weeks against the Wasps and Saracens did not go well for the Exeter side. But, they have bounced back with a win and Lachie Turner feels that they should build on this win and move forward this season.
It was Turner and England international Luke Cowan-Dickie that played a vital role in Exeter’s win. Luke got a hat-trick of tries in the game. Exeter Chiefs had a very good first half and Turner also made his first score for the club during the 36-25 win over the Londoners at Sandy Park. This victory lifted the Exeter team from the bottom of the table to the 7th position.
The Exeter Chiefs are in celebration mood and they have every reason to do so.
They did reach the finals of the Premiership and were being compared with Leicester City in their accomplishments. Many even stated that Exeter rugby team is what Leicester City is to football. They might be on the verge of winning the English title. The Premiership finals were held on 28th May where Exeter Chiefs were set to play against Saracens.
Though this game finally saw Saracens winning it was brilliantly executed by Exeter as well. They were able to score about 17 points that were unanswered by Saracens. Though the result of the game was their defeat, the team did play brilliantly. The main takeaway for the Rob Baxter as the first team coach is that they should have held it together at the beginning.