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Hard work pays off for Higgins

Hard work pays off for Higgins

Andrew Higgins insists he is not surprised by the way Exeter Chiefs have taken to life in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

As one of the club's most high-profile signings this summer, the 29-year-old back has settled in well to life at Sandy Park, establishing himself as a prominent figure already within Rob Baxter's first team squad.

On Saturday, the former Bath, Bristol and Worcester flyer capped yet another fine display by scoring one of Exeter's three tries in their 24-19 victory over visiting Sale Sharks.

That success – Exeter's third on the trot in the top flight – has put the Chiefs, who claimed further tries from forwards Chris Budgen and Tom Johnson, on 22 points and seventh in the current Premiership standings.

But whilst many outside of Devon have been taken aback by just how well the Chiefs had adapted to life another rung up the league ladder, Higgins says what he and his team-mates are achieving is nothing more than they deserve.

"It was an absolutely huge win," he said following Saturday's final whistle. "We're building something special and it's great – that was another tough game, but another fantastic win.

"That's three wins [in the Premiership] on the trot and belief is growing. It's been there all season, but it keeps on growing. We deserve this, guys are working hard for each other and it's a testament to the whole squad here and how hard everyone is working.

"I don't think that's something we should be surprised by, it's down to hard work. That's all it is, guys working for each other for 80 minutes."

Higgins' maiden score for the Chiefs came in his sixth start and he quickly paid tribute to his team-mates for giving him such an easy score.

"I didn't have to do too much, I just had to run over the line, but I was over the moon," he added. "It means a lot to me to get my first try for Exeter. It's a tribute to the work the boys did to get there – I just finished off a good move.

"I wouldn't say it's everything to score tries, but it's obviously nice. It does eventually play on your mind [if you don't score], especially in a try-scoring position on the wing, but as long as the team's winning that's the most important thing. Everything else is a bonus."
 

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