‘We must build on Harlequins win’ – Turner

Date published: September 21 2016

Exeter Chiefs winger Lachie Turner wants his team to use their first Premiership win of 2016 over Harlequins as a foundation to build on.

Having come unstuck against Wasps and Saracens in the opening two weeks of the season, Rob Baxter’s side rediscovered their winning formula against the Londoners, collecting all five points in a 36-25 win at Sandy Park.

"Saturday was a really important win for us and to get the five points was exactly what we needed," Turner told the official Exeter Chiefs website. 

"The first half performance from us was very strong, we were running onto the ball, playing with pace, playing our game and we came away with four tries. In the second half, we weren’t quite as good because we gave the ball back to them too much and we let them play with it, so that’s a really good reminder to us not to take our foot off the pedal."

Certainly the Chiefs can ill afford to do that in Friday’s derby tussle, which will be the first time the Chiefs and Bristol have met in the Premiership.

Indeed, the last time the two clubs met in a competitive league fixture was back in May 2010 when the Chiefs overcame their nearest and dearest in the inaugural RFU Championship Play-Off final.

Although Turner was not around in those days, the Australian international is well versed in the history of that meeting and he knows this week’s opponents – who have yet to win on their return to the top flight – will be keen for revenge.

"It’s going to be a huge game for both teams," warned Turner, who arrived in Devon last February after a short stint playing in France with RC Toulon.

"There is big history between the two clubs and I’ve already had supporters reminding of it all."