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Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors

Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors will look to continue their best ever run in the Aviva Premiership Rugby when they travel to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

And after an unbeaten April for the Warriors, fly-half Tom Heathcote believes the team will go to Sandy Park full of confidence.

Worcester won by just a single point against Newcastle Falcons before recording consecutive wins over Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins and London Irish.

Heathcote said: “It would be awesome to continue the run of form we are on and that is our aim.

“I think it will be an exciting game as we will be going there with confidence off the back of our great run and we will be looking to take the game to them.

“I know Worcester hasn’t done well at Exeter for a long time but that is what it was like before we played Harlequins.

“We hadn’t beaten them in however long and that is what motivates us and hopefully we can do the same again this weekend.

“Exeter Chiefs are one of the form teams in Aviva Premiership Rugby and they are playing some great stuff, particularly at home, so we know it will be a tough challenge.”

The Chiefs have managed just two victories in their last four but have won all seven previous Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters against the Warriors.  

Exeter's last defeat to Worcester was back in March 2004 in the old Division One where they lost 25-14.

Despite the Warriors’ form, Sandy Park remains a real fortress for the Chiefs who have lost just once at their home ground since January 2015.

And the home side are expected to welcome back England wing Jack Nowell, who missed the defeat to Saracens last week, into their match day squad.

Nowell said: “Worcester are a very dangerous side, they are on a good run of games at the moment, so it’s not something we can take lightly.

“It’s a very important end to the season. We’ve had a tough couple of weeks in Aviva Premiership Rugby; Worcester is not going to be easy.

“The big thing is we’re back at home, we have a good record here and we want to keep that going.

“The big target was the top six again but the boys have worked extremely hard all season. Now we are up in the top four we’ve loving being up here and we don’t want to slip down.”

Sandy Park, 3pm

Referee: Tom Foley (18th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey & Ross Campbell. TMO: Keith Lewis.

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