TOP BAR - Fixtures

Exeter Chiefs’ Geoff Parling: "We must regroup"

Exeter Chiefs lock Geoff Parling insists he and his team-mates must regroup quickly ahead of their upcoming Aviva Premiership trip to Sale Sharks this Saturday.

Rob Baxter's side saw their 13-month long unbeaten home record ended at the weekend as league leaders Saracens edged home 14-11 at a packed Sandy Park.

In a tight encounter between the division's top two sides, it was Charlie Hodgson's late penalty that ultimately proved the difference.

The former England international fly-half landed three second half penalties for the visitors, who have now moved five points clear of the Chiefs at the summit.

Earlier, though, the Chiefs appeared in fine fettle as they raced into an 11-0 lead thanks to a try from winger James Short and two penalties from Gareth Steenson.

However, some ill-discipline just before the break from the Devon club allowed Saracens to position themselves deep into Exeter's 22 with a series of line-outs, the last of which enabled No.8 Samu Vunisa to cross.

It was a crucial score for Mark McCall's side, who earlier were grateful to referee Thomas Foley for chalking off a potential second try for the Chiefs through Ollie Atkins.

The Aussie forward was denied a maiden try when Foley blew up for a supposed knock-on from club-mate Olly Woodburn in the build-up to him touching down. Sadly, TV replays later showed there was in fact no knock-on from the home side and that the score should have stood.

"We can complain about that decision in the first half and a few other bits, but if we had been better and our discipline had been better then they wouldn't have been in the game and we would have had a commanding lead anyway," said the England and British Lions star.

"Yes, we are disappointed to say the least because it was definitely a game we could have won.

"The discipline at the end of that first half – we gave away a lot of penalties on the trot – killed us a bit. To be fair, Sarries were pretty street-smart. They kicked well and they kept us in our half well."

With Exeter's 15-match unbeaten run at home now ended, Parling believes it's imperative the Chiefs get back on track immediately, starting with a big performance against Sale Sharks.

"We have got eight Premiership games left on the trot and we just have to go again, learn our lessons and keep picking ourselves up," said the 32-year-old.

"It is going to be a tough slog in these next few Premiership games, but we just have to keep going. We just need to regroup and build, but we can't make the errors that we did against Saracens.

"Sale have a good home record, they're a good team and they pride themselves up front, so it should a good battle between the forwards."

The Chiefs will head into the contest knowing they have already defeated the Sharks already this term, collecting maximum reward from a 33-17 win on Boxing Day.

Sale, meanwhile, warmed up for the clash with a 10-3 victory away to Leicester Tigers.
 

Latest News

Exeter Chiefs set their sights on this weekend’s Singha 7s

Exeter Chiefs will be looking to use the buzz of last season’s success as inspiration in their bid win the…

Exeter Chiefs set their sights on this weekend’s Singha 7s

Ben Vellacott gunning for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s glory with Gloucester Rugby

Ben Vellacott is certain Gloucester Rugby’s exciting line-up for the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s can go all the way…

Ben Vellacott

Ones to watch: Singha Premiership Rugby 7s 2017

England internationals, Premiership Rugby record holders, Olympic medallists and the hottest rugby talent in the country – put all that…

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s live on BT Sport with highlights on Channel 5

Channel 5’s landmark coverage of domestic rugby begins in earnest this week, with the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s finally returning…

Saracens name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Tom Whiteley will skipper a youthful Saracens side in this weekend’s Singha 7s tournament at Franklin’s Gardens, after the Men…

Tom Whiteley

Will Homer to captain Bath Rugby at the Singha 7s

Will Homer will captain Bath Rugby at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton. The scrum-half,…

Will Homer

Saints squad announced for Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series 

The Northampton Saints squad has been announced for this weekend’s Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series, which is being played in…

Jamie Elliott

Harlequins announce squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Henry Cheeseman will captain the 12-man squad against Gloucester Rugby and London Irish in Pool B of the Singha 7s.…

Henry Cheeseman

Wasps name squad for 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s

Wasps have today named their squad for the 2017 Premiership Rugby Singha 7s, which will be hosted at Franklin’s Gardens…

Dan Robson

London Irish name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

London Irish have named their side for the 2017 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, which will be held at Northampton Saints’…

Rory BRand

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Following the conclusion of the Premiership Rugby Singha 7s series this weekend, Harlequins travel to Herzogenaurach to continue their pre-season…

Harlequins set for pre-season training camp at adidas’ German HQ

Chiefs sign van der Sluys

Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their squad ahead of the new 2017/18 season with the acquisition of powerful South African lock…

Wilhelm van der Sluys

James Lang extends his time with Harlequins

Harlequins is proud to confirm today (Wednesday 27th July) that Harlequins Academy member James Lang has extended his time with…

James Lang extends his time with Harlequins

Sharks Announce Exciting Squad For Singha 7s

Sale Sharks can announce an exciting squad to take part in the Premiership Rugby Singha 7's this weekend at Franklin's…

Paolo Odogwu

Leicester Tigers Singha Premiership Rugby 7s team announcement

Leicester Tigers have named their squad for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s. Tigers take on Newcastle Falcons and Wasps on…

Alex Glashan

Will Kaye set for birthday to remember with Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers’ new link-up with Loughborough University will provide youngster Will Kaye with an unforgettable birthday present. The Loughborough student…

Cameron Cowell captains Newcastle Falcons in Singha 7s

England 7s international Cameron Cowell will captain Newcastle Falcons in this week's Singha Premiership Rugby 7s at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens.…

Cameron Cowell

Stelling to lead Warriors at Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens

Max Stelling will lead Warriors in the new-look Singha Premiership Sevens this weekend at Northampton Saints’ Franklin’s Gardens. Stelling, who…

Max Stelling

Exeter Chiefs name squad for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Ricky Pellow says Exeter Chiefs are relishing the chance to kick-off the new 2017/18 season with a big showing at…

Max Bodilly