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Preview: London Irish v Exeter Chiefs

Preview: London Irish v Exeter Chiefs

Having picked up their first win of the season last time out, Exeter Chiefs flanker James Scaysbrook believes the shackles will be off for their match against London Irish on Saturday.

The Chiefs had started their season in the worst possible fashion as they were beaten 38-11 by last season’s Aviva Premiership runners-up Northampton Saints in their opening match 

But they bounced back at home last weekend, defeating London Wasps by four points 30-26 with Scaysbrook himself on the score sheet with a rare try.

And, while admitting Exeter still have plenty to improve on, the 31-year-old is in confident sprits as the Chiefs aim to build an Aviva Premiership unbeaten run at the Madejski Stadium.

“We won’t forget about what happened at Northampton, it’s going to be at the back of our minds,” he said. “But now we can maybe now look forward and relax a little bit, go through the next few weeks and hopefully pick up some more wins.

“I don’t think [the defeat] affected us in any way, it’s not like we didn’t prepare or made any wholesale changes to our game plan. In training we focused on a few areas we think we were poor in and that stood us in good stead for Wasps. 

“We felt kind of in control and it was a shame that we let them back into it, with perhaps a few too many penalties, so that’s something we can address.”

London Irish are unbeaten at the Madejski Stadium in 2013 and will be looking to make it two wins in a row following last Saturday’s late 20-18 win over Worcester Warriors.

And, despite failing to beat the Chiefs in their last three clashes in a run that dates back to December 2011, winger Marland Yarde believes the Exiles can continue their upward trend.

“At the weekend we showed glimpses of what we can do. We are performing well and we are a developing side,” said Yarde, who will be looking to add to his three tries this season.

“I am really excited about the players that we have here, who have trained really hard for the last couple of months.

“The guys are all really hungry and want to play for each other. We know if we play to the best of our ability there is so much quality that we give ourselves a very good chance of winning games.”

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (69th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson & TBC. TMO: Sean Davey.

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