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Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins

Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins

Thomas Waldrom admits previous form will count for nothing when Exeter Chiefs welcome Harlequins to Sandy Park on Saturday.

The Chiefs did the double over a struggling Quins side last season in Aviva Premiership Rugby but the Stoop side are a much tougher proposition this campaign.

Signing the likes of Adam Jones, Jamie Roberts and James Horwill has added some much-needed experience to their youthful core.

But the Chiefs have not lost in the league at Sandy Park since Gloucester Rugby were the visitors on January 3 and Waldrom is confident his side are ready for the test.

“We just have to go out and do what we do well,” he said.

“We have had a good few days’ training. It’s about what we put out on the field.

“The game plan is in place and we know that if we do it as well as we can the results will go our way.

“We know Quins are a tough team, we have had a look at them and what they have changed from last year.

“They have worked hard on certain things that they were not happy with last season.”

Quins have only lost once in their first six games of the season in all competitions – a 19-22 defeat to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road at the end of October.

And full-back Ollie Lindsay-Hague admits their fine form means they head to Sandy Park full of confidence. 

“They are a very strong team who are doing really well in the Premiership at the moment so we know it will be a really tough game,” he said.

“But we fear no-one, if we go down there and are on our game then we will be going there to get the win.

“We have struggled there now and then but we have also had some very good wins, this year you can see from their results that it is going to be hard.

“The wind is something else down at Sandy Park, I think it’s the windiest ground in England so we will need to be ready for that.

“Every point is important in this league, no matter what part of the season you are in, their young guys like Henry Slade and Jack Nowell are going well but we are ready for a tough game.” 

Sandy Park, 3pm

Referee: Matthew Carley (35th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Ros Campbell & Roger Baileff. TMO: Keith Lewis.

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