Fixtures - Top Bar

Jess relishing Exeter Chiefs’ busy schedule


Matt Jess believes Exeter Chiefs’ ability to fight on three fronts this season will have a real effect on the club’s long-term development.

The Chiefs sit just a point outside the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four heading into Saturday’s trip to Harlequins, after securing an LV= Cup semi-final date with Leicester Tigers earlier this month as they look to retain that trophy.

A home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final with Newcastle Falcons is also on the horizon, and Jess thinks this amalgamation of fixtures provides the Sandy Park squad with a heightened sense of competition.

“If you look at where we are now, we are in a very good position – we are sitting nicely in the Premiership, and have got a quarter-final and a semi-final as well, so there are a lot of opportunities for lads to get out there and show what they can do,” said Jess.

“Rob (Baxter) doesn’t just stick with one team, he doesn’t mind changing it up and that is great for players, to be refreshed and ready to show what they can give the team.

“If you look back to the seasons before, we have been in a quarter-final before when we played Stade Francais away, and they are exciting competitions to be in.

“Going after different competitions is good for the players, the coaches and the team, because we are striving in all directions and that pushes us on.

“It is all about pushing on now and enjoying those atmospheres when they come along.

“For me, every week seems to be more and more exciting, because different tournaments freshen the brain and the body.”

While competition for places at Sandy Park may be at an all-time high with the Chiefs’ continuing success, Jess himself has been a regular starter on the wing this season, making 19 appearances to date.

But despite his good run in the side, during which he has crossed the whitewash on three occasions, the winger is taking nothing for granted.

“The whole squad is very competitive and you have got to stay on your toes, because there are other players pushing you to get in that squad,” he added.

“Obviously you don’t want to be training and not playing, you want to be implementing what you are doing in training on those Saturdays, those big occasions either in front of the Sandy Park faithful or away in the Premiership.

“Your performances on the pitch and the way that you train are ultimately what gets you picked, so all you can hope is to do the best you can.”

Get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Visit to take advantage of this great offer.


Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Director of rugby David Humphreys believes Gloucester Rugby showed their battling qualities as they went through the gears in the…


Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 11

Leicester Tigers’ director of rugby Richard Cockerill wants his side to be more clinical after they edged past Northampton Saints…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library