Jack Nowell has warned London Wasps that they face a wounded Exeter Chiefs side this weekend looking to hit back in style.
Exeter Chiefs had the privilege of running out at Twickenham last weekend as they looked to sign off from 2013 in style against Harlequins in Big Game 6.
But what was meant to be a day to remember for the Devon club soon turned into one to forget as they were blown away by the former champions 22-6.
This means the Chiefs’ only victory in their last seven games in all competitions was the 16-3 success at home to Newcastle Falcons in round 10.
But winger Nowell is determined to change all that on Sunday, especially with the Chiefs and Wasps both locked on 27 points in the Aviva Premiership.
“It’s a massive occasion for us against Wasps, we did not show what we were about against Harlequins until the second half so for us it is about performing the whole game,” he said.
“It’s always a physical game against them, hopefully we can play our own game.
“It’s just down to us, we are a team that wants to be in that top four, and we need to pick up the points if we are to do that.”
The omens are not good for Exeter ahead of a trip to Adams Park with the Devon outfit having not won on the road since leaving Sale Sharks with an 18-16 victory on November 1.
However they have won their last seven matches against Wasps in all tournaments, with the Londoners’ only Aviva Premiership success over the Chiefs being a 24-12 victory at Adams Park in December 2010.
Wasps have lost just one of their last five fixtures in all competitions and back rower Ashley Johnson isn’t about to let that change any time soon.
“For us Exeter will be a totally different challenge to what Newcastle posed, they are far more expansive than Newcastle and it will be a big game,” he said.
“They are far more attacking, they love attacking and keeping the ball and that will be a big area for us to concentrate on.
“We are hoping to put in another big performance, we have to concentrate and get ourselves up the table.
“We are certainly having a look at where we are in the table now, I’d be lying if I said otherwise, but the Premiership is a tough league and there are still 11 games to go.
“But if we want to finish in that top six we need to be winning these games.”(Adams Park, 3pm)
Referee: Andrew Small (97th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson & Stuart Terheege. TMO: Graham Hughes.