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Posted Tuesday, October 8th 2019

Powell relishing Chiefs challenge

Charlie Powell says Bristol Bears will take confidence into Saturday’s Premiership Cup visit to Sandy Park to take on Exeter Chiefs, after recording back-to-back wins in the competition.

Qualification for knockout stages is at stake for both sides as the pool stages head into the final round of fixtures – and the Academy back is relishing the challenge of the Chiefs.

“Exeter are always a strong side, but we’ll prepare as best as we can for that game, we’re excited and we believe we can go there and put a performance in.

“There’s an element of pressure, but it’s how we train and what we do day in, day out.

“It’s all about taking the opportunities afforded to us. This is a great opportunity to learn and develop – that’s what we’re focused on every day.

“Pat (Lam) always says the team sheet isn’t written down straight away, there’s always a chance to play yourself into the team. So, I’ll just be out to do my best and make an impression whenever I get the chance to play.

“I’m enjoying the game time I’ve got early season – everyone has been given an opportunity to put their best foot forward in these games.

“We’ve had the chance to go out and play and express ourselves and enjoy playing rugby.”

This weekend’s West Country derby is all part of the build-up to next Friday’s main event for Pat Lam’s men, when Bath are the visitors to Ashton Gate in the opening round of the Gallagher Premiership.

And Powell says the cup competition has been the perfect preparation.

“The excitement is obviously building, and the boys are buzzing as we look ahead to that Bath game next Friday night,” he said.

“These Premiership Cup games are an awesome way to prepare for that and there’s a great feeling at the club.”