Lachlan Turner believes the drive and hunger of his side shone through as Exeter Chiefs booked their place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final with a convincing victory against Harlequins.
The Chiefs will meet Leicester Tigers in Sunday’s showpiece as they scored four tries in a 24-7 victory against Quins at Sandy Park over the weekend.
Turner scored the first try of the match, while Max Bodilly, Julian Salvi and Sam Simmonds also crossed in the one-sided victory, as the Chiefs kept their hopes of a domestic double alive.
And the 29-year-old now has his eyes firmly on Sunday’s prize, with places in Rob Baxter’s Aviva Premiership Rugby side potentially up for grabs as another exciting season for the Chiefs takes shape.
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“Lot of guys have a lot to play for, especially as competition for spots in the Aviva Premiership line-up is so intense right now,” he said.
“I think for guys who have not played for a while, it was really pleasing to go out there and put that sort of performance on.
“If you look around the squad we have a number of guys who have played a lot of Premiership footy and who don’t like watching week in, week out.
“We all want to be playing, so when you get your chance you have to take it.
“Right across the board we have guys pushing really hard, so to out in a performance like that is not only pleasing, but it also put others who have been playing on a notice.
“Now, we have a chance to go again next week and, hopefully, win a trophy.”
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) March 12, 2017
Exeter have already beaten Leicester twice this season, with 31-10 and 34-15 league wins under their belt.
But Turner does not expect it to have any bearing and believes both sides will attack from the off.
“Both teams will be going for it, but that’s what you expect when you reach a final,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, you’ll want to win it.
“Next week will be next week, though, for now let’s enjoy the win and soak up what was a pretty solid performance here at Sandy Park.”
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Most metres made this weekend:
Lachlan Turner (Exeter Chiefs) – 127
Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers) – 117
Stu Townsend (Exeter Chiefs) – 98
Mike Ellery (Saracens) – 90
Most tackles made:
Dave Ward (Harlequins) – 20
Julian Salvi (Exeter Chiefs) – 18
Stan South (Harlequins), Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers) – 15
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) – 6
Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers), Mathew Luamanu (Harlequins), Alofa Alofa (Harlequins) – 5