Fixtures - Top Bar

Cowan-Dickie targets new season ahead

LCowan-Chiefs-2208

Luke Cowan-Dickie admitted it was nice to "dust off the cobwebs" as he helped Exeter Chiefs make it two wins from two in pre-season with Saturday’s 25-19 victory over Ulster Rugby at Sandy Park.

The England international was getting his first taste of competitive action since June, when he came off the bench for Eddie Jones’ all-conquering side against Australia in Brisbane.

At the weekend, the 23-year-old Cornishman was given an hour’s work-out against the Irish province before being replaced by Tongan hooker Elvis Taione for the final quarter of the match.

But Cowan-Dickie showed he was building up nicely for the new 2016/17 season, producing one of his trademark, all-action displays that saw the Chiefs triumph thanks predominantly to tries from Don Armand, Will Chudley, Damian Welch and a Penalty Try.

"It was nice to get out there, it’s been a while and the lungs definitely felt it," joked Cowan-Dickie after the match.
"That said, the boys looked strong and we put in a decent enough performance.

"We disappointed to let a couple of tries in at the end, that was perhaps a lack of concentration on our part, but we had swapped a lot of boys in during the second half and that can sometimes happen in pre-season.

"Overall, though, everyone looks fit and raring to go for the new season."

Having already accrued pre-season wins over Ulster and the Scarlets (45-3), the Chiefs will wrap up their programme on Friday night when they make the trip to Newport to face yet more Guinness Pro12 opposition in the shape of the Dragons at Rodney Parade (7:30pm).

"I think the coaches have looked at most of the boys over these first two games," said Cowan-Dickie. "I think it will be a bit different for the next game, we probably won’t run as many players and it will be treated a lot more like a league game.

"Having Wasps first up in the Premiership is a pretty tasty first match, last year we had some really good games with them, but we’re looking forward to the start of the season and seeing what we can do."

Certainly visiting Ulster provided a much tougher test for the Chiefs than that of the Scarlets seven days earlier and Cowan-Dickie said having a decent work-out, even in pre-season, is vital to ensuring Exeter hit the new season firing on all cylinders.

"They [Ulster] played well, they never gave up and it was a tough old game," continued Cowan-Dickie. "I’m sure the boys have a few bruises after that, but overall it was a decent test for us. There are one or two things we needed to sharpen up on. A few scrums didn’t go our way and we made a few handling errors on the touchline, but that’s all stuff you can look at in training.

"For me, it was good to dust off the cobwebs as it’s been a while since I played. Having that contact is a lot different to what you do in training as you don’t want to hurt boys at all and you want to keep people fresh for the weekend.

"This week will be another step up again, we’re away from home and it will be another decent test for us. Hopefully we can go up there, play well and end pre-season with another win and be unbeaten."
 

Latest News

Anthony Watson targets England jersey ahead of Bath Rugby return

Anthony Watson is a man on a mission for club and country in 2017, hell-bent on regaining his England shirt ahead…

anthonywatson16sb1111theclash

Bristol Rugby skipper David Lemi returns for Pau clash

David Lemi returns as skipper when Bristol Rugby face Pau in the European Challenge Cup on Sunday (3pm KO). Only…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Will Spencer and Connor Braid set for Worcester Warriors debuts

Worcester Warriors duo Will Spencer and Connor Braid will make their club debuts this Saturday when they take on Newport…

carlhogg1111sb1617

Exeter Chiefs side to face Bordeaux Begles

Nothing less than victory will suffice for Rob Baxter and his Exeter Chiefs side ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup…

Jack Nowell in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena Wallaby signing Kurtley Beale…

Kurtley Beale will make his Wasps debut in the Champions Cup

England quartet return for Saracens European clash with Sale Sharks

Saracens have named their side to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round three of the European Rugby Champions Cup clash…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Harlequins team to play Timisoara Saracens

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Timisoara Saracens in Round 3 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup at the…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Leicester Tigers team news for European Champions Cup trip to Ireland

Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs return to the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's European Champions Cup trip to face Munster…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks name side to face Saracens in European Rugby Champions Cup

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday (kick off…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Ewels and Stooke back for Bath Rugby

Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke both return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow when they face Cardiff Blues in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fisher hails ‘outstanding’ Gloucester Rugby after La Rochelle win

Gloucester Rugby ran in four tries as they romped to an impressive European Rugby Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle,…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Shervington re-joins Wasps on short-term contract

Edd Shervington has signed a three-month contract with the club to provide cover at hooker, following injuries to Tom Cruse…

Edd Shervington

Dean Hammond – We’ll play a positive brand of rugby

Winger Dean Hammond insists Worcester Warriors will play a positive brand of rugby as they prepare for Saturday's European Challenge…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Premiership Rugby clubs in Europe live on TV

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s finest return to European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action this weekend looking to build on…

tvrelease1111

Josh Beaumont backs Sale Sharks’ new boys to shine

Marquee summer signings AJ MacGinty and Josh Charnley are primed and ready to make their presence felt in the second…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match officials for this weekend’s European fixtures

Northampton Saints will face Leinster in a rematch of the memorable 2011 final as the European Rugby Champions Cup returns…

629845781DM00026_Saracens_v

Sam Egerton ready for fierce Lyon challenge

Scrum-half Sam Egerton believes Newcastle Falcons can push on and meet ‘fire with fire’ against Lyon in the European Rugby…

Sam Egerton making a break against Ospreys in the Challenge Cup

Geoff Parling: Chiefs can draw European inspiration from last season’s heroics

Following two defeats from two, qualification for the European knock-out stages may look like mission improbable – but if there’s…

666709985_ht_1936_5ffe036790f2651d04cf02d772136916.jpg

Aaron Morris desperate for Quins to sort out away form

Aaron Morris is proud of Harlequins’ record at the Stoop but the full-back has warned his teammates the season will…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fenton-Wells confident Lam will make impact at Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby flanker Nick Fenton-Wells is confident the club have acquired a top coach in Pat Lam but won’t let…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library