Hepher happy with Chiefs pre-season

Date published: July 27 2016

Exeter Chiefs back-line coach Ali Hepher says that the Chiefs pre-season is going excellently so far.

Hepher says that the players are putting the extra yards in before they go on a week's break. 

"It's going really well … The guys are in their final week of work before a week's break and they've worked incredible hard," Hepher told the Express and Echo.

"At the minute they're feeling a bit sore but that's part and parcel of trying to take them to the edge a little bit and they're looking forward to their rest.

"They've got a couple days of more hard work to do first but we're right on track to hitting the preseason games well and obviously then building to a big season in the Premiership."

Hepher was the coach of the England Saxons' who played South Africa A and won the two-game series says that the tour to South Africa provided a valuable opportunity to strengthen the players.

"It was a fantastic trip … It was a great place to go and a good bunch of guys with a very good management team," Hepher said.

"We had a really good time but we also good some good, valuable rugby work in with some good learning for me.

"Hopefully we've improved those players a little bit and given them some things to work on to enhance their international careers.

"All in all, it was a really good trip and to get two wins was great but I think to try and progress the players on was key and I think we managed to do that.