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Phil Dollman says Exeter Chiefs are ready for biggest ever match


Consistency has been the driving force behind Exeter Chiefs’ surge towards this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Final, according to centre Phil Dollman.

The Chiefs face European Rugby Champions Cup winners Saracens at Twickenham later today in what Dollman has labelled as the biggest game in the club’s history.

The 31-year-old Welshmen would know, having been with the club since 2009 and experienced first-hand their remarkable rise from Championship hopefuls to Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists.

Dollman is under no illusions they will have to replicate their form of the last few weeks if they are to lift the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy on Saturday.

“This year the big change in the squad has been consistency of performance,” he said.

“Week to week, moving through different competitions from big games to big games, or those looked upon as easier games – that’s where we have really pushed on.

“We are performing week to week and we have got the rewards with where we are now, but we want to perform again this week.

“This is our biggest game as a club and as a team, we are trying to put out a good account of ourselves on Saturday and a good performance to try and get some silverware.”

Exeter’s last piece of silverware came in 2014 with the LV= Cup and they have lost in all four of their previous visits to Twickenham.

But following an impressive first semi-final performance against Wasps last week, where they ran out 34-23 winners at Sandy Park, confidence will be high in the Exeter camp.

Dollman knows however that his side must raise their game again on Saturday if they’re to triumph over a Saracens team that did an Aviva Premiership Rugby double over them during the regular season. 

“We have to keep in the back of our mind that there’s no games after this weekend, we don’t want to leave anything out there,” Dollman said.

“You don’t want to be set back by the occasion and the crowd and the team you are playing against, we want to concentrate on our game and try and put as much into that as we can.

“Everyone wants to win the game, everyone wants to win every game, but we are not just in it for this weekend.

“It’s a process here and it won’t be the be all and end all, but everyone wants to win as much as possible.”

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