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Simmonds: We gained massive confidence at Gloucester

Sam Simmonds believes Exeter Chiefs will be riding high when they head into this year’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s final.

Simmonds skippered his side through the second leg of this year's competition at Kingsholm where the Chiefs came up against reigning champions Gloucester as well as London Irish and Bath Rugby.

It was a slow start for Simmonds and co as they went down to Gloucester 36-5 in the opening match but bounced back strong to pick up a 26-10 win over Bath and an emphatic 43-0 victory over London Irish.

And Simmonds says anything can happen as his side prepare to make the trip to the Twickenham Stoop on August 28 and battle it out for the top prize.

"It is a massive achievement, I think we are only the second Exeter side to do it in the last few years and I am really happy for the boys and for me as captain,” he said.

"It was the same result as last year really, we had a tough game against Gloucester first and then we really came out against Bath and showed how we can play and then changed it from last year and then really put a big performance in against Irish.

"I think as a young group of boys we just wanted to come in and show what Exeter are all about really and really excel and show everyone here in front of a big crowd just what we can do and I think we did that.

"We have got massive confidence. We won two out of three games and we've seen the other clubs and their teams in the other groups.

“They are packed with a few stars but we won't look too far into that, we'll keep it within us and see what we can do next Friday.”

Last year the Chiefs missed out on a spot in the final after finishing third behind Gloucester and London Irish but this time they got their revenge.

"I've certainly not achieved this before, last year was a different story and hopefully this can push my case as a player and that goes for all the team and the qualities everyone brings,” said Simmonds.

"The coaches were really pleased, this doesn't happen every year for us so they told us to enjoy next week; if we win, we win but if we don't then we can be proud of what we've achieved before."

Results
Exeter Chiefs 5 Gloucester Rugby 36
Bath Rugby 26 London Irish 0
Bath Rugby 10 Exeter Chiefs 26
Gloucester Rugby 31 London Irish 7
Exeter Chiefs 43 London Irish 0
Gloucester Rugby 24 Bath Rugby 7

Final Standings
1. Gloucester Rugby
2. Exeter Chiefs
3. Bath Rugby
4. London Irish

Attendance: 13, 077

Man of the Round: Steph Reynolds (Gloucester Rugby)
 

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