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Posted Thursday, January 7th 2021

Talking points: Exeter Chiefs (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Check out they key talking points from this week's media session, as Director of Rugby, Pat Lam and full back, Charles Piutau previewed the round six Gallagher Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park (2PM KO, live on BT Sport 2 HD).

Excited by the challenge

Pat Lam on the facing Exeter: “This is a big game; these are the games we want to be involved in. Heading into Europe, there’s 20 points differential that separates us, so you go into the game knowing the winner goes to the top of the table. This is where we grow, these are the games.

“Exeter have been outstanding – we’re up against the domestic and European champions. There are so many great things in front of us, but again, we talked about challenges, this is a big challenge we face, and we’re excited by it."

'Back in the game'

Charles Piutau on his return from injury: “Being away from it all for a while, you appreciate being able to play the game and being involved and being back at Ashton Gate, and really just having something to look forward to at the end of the week.

“It’s the little things like preparing all week and then being able to play at the weekend.

“Newcastle were a tough opponent. We knew from their previous results this season, the type of team they were and what they are capable of and the way they were able to hold on to the ball. But to come away with the five points was massive.”

'The boys stepped up'

Lam on overcoming adversity in build up to Newcastle game: “Obviously, it was a challenging week, with the front rowers missing, but it was pleasing to see the boys that stepped up – and that’s what we’re about. It’s not about a 15 or a 23, it’s about the whole squad, it’s about the whole club, staff, players, everyone stepping up and doing their bit and it was great to come away with a well-earned five points.

“When Covid first happened, in March, we made a call that it’s going to be the team that adapts best, and that’s what our whole culture is based on."


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