Fixtures - Top Bar

Parling keen to learn from European heartbreak


Exeter Chiefs were left devastated by last weekend’s European loss to Wasps but Geoff Parling has urged his teammates to learn for it to avoid a repeat.

The Chiefs came within seconds of a European Champions Cup semi-final only for Jimmy Gopperth’s last-gasp conversion to deny them.

Exeter have been forced to quickly turn their attention back to Aviva Premiership Rugby where they will look to secure a first-ever semi-final spot with victory at Gloucester Rugby this weekend.

And while nothing will make up for the disappointment of that Coventry loss, Parling wants the club to learn from their errors, with three rounds of domestic action still to play.

He said: “We showed we can mix it at that stage of the competition but I think we’re a bit better than that. With 15 to go and picking and driving on their line with only a back defending, if we score that we go 20 points up.

“Instead we get turned over and the rest is history. It might have been a good game for the neutral to watch but it wasn’t necessarily to play in because we probably lost a game we should have won, we were in a very strong position. We just let it slip away.

“That game at the weekend, we’ll never get that back. That’s it, that opportunity has gone so you have to make sure you do everything to win those games.

“All the good work the boys have done, starting in pre-season, it’s about backing that up in every game. It’s what the team and the club and the lads have done all season. We want to make it tangible for something in the end.”

While the loss to Wasps was devastating, Exeter will have the chance to avenge it in three weeks’ time when the two teams meet again in domestic action at Sandy Park.

And with the carrot of a home Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final on the horizon, Parling is eager to help the club take a big step in their history.

He added: “This week we can win and guarantee a top four, which would be a big step for the club and the week after it would almost be a quarter-final to push for that home semi.

“With the big games you have to back them up the next week. You’ve got to back up a big, emotional performance with another one and another one and it’s going to be like that for the run-in.”

Watch England's finest at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 28 May from only £30 for adults & £15 for children. Click here for tickets

Latest News

Worcester Warriors ‘unlucky’ in defeat to Wasps, says Ryan Bower

Worcester Warriors prop Ryan Bower admits it was important for his side to put in a performance against Wasps after their humbling Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat…

Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

In-form Henry Purdy desperate to keep improving at Gloucester Rugby

Henry Purdy is refusing to rest on his laurels and has vowed to push on hard, despite praise from all…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Max Clark the centre of attention at Bath Rugby

Back in September – just when Bath Rugby were beginning to count on him in the centres – an ill-timed…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Seven tries success for Exeter Braves over Bath United

Exeter Braves’ Shaun Malton and Levi Davis of Bath United became the first opponents since 2005 to both score hat-tricks…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Worcester Warriors capture Samoa lock Chris Vui

Warriors have completed the signing of versatile Samoa forward Chris Vui till the end of the season. For everything you…

Chris Vui

Wallabies lock Will Skelton joins Saracens

Australian international forward Will Skelton has joined Saracens on a short-term deal. For everything you need to know about Saracens…

Will Skelton

Rowe hails ‘fantastic’ year for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, heralded a “fantastic” past year – on and off the…

Exeter Chiefs celebrate

Dan Tuohy joins Bristol Rugby with immediate effect

Dan Tuohy has penned a deal with Bristol Rugby to make the switch to Aviva Premiership Rugby with immediate effect.…

Dan Tuohy

Ally Hogg, Cooper Vuna, Aaron Morris, Lachlan Turner, Bryce Heem and Dan Robson head the Opta Rugby Rankings

Attacks dominated as Newcastle Falcons claimed a dramatic win over Harlequins this weekend in Premiership Rugby but Ally Hogg starred…


Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

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