Johnson: ‘We can play better’

Date published: November 18 2015

Exeter's Tom Johnson is confident his side can bounce back from defeat when they face Bordeaux-Begles at Sandy Park on Saturday.

The Chiefs are coming off a hard-fought loss against Ospreys on Sunday, where the difference between the two sides was the boot of fly-half Dan Biggar.

"We know we can play much better than we did at the weekend," the flanker told 

"We have got a big week to prepare for this game, so we will dust ourselves off, go through a few things and look to put in a big performance at Sandy Park.

"If you look at how we played in the build-up to the Ospreys game, we had done really well and it is important to draw on the positives. 

"We know last week wasn't a great performance from us, but it's a different competition, a different environment for the boys and we came up against a team full of experience. Unfortunately we got into a bit of an arm wrestle with them, which we said we didn't want to do, and in the end we paid the price.

"Whereas in the Premiership you may make a mistake and get the chance to redeem yourselves, at this level everything is seized upon and that is something we need to learn from moving forward."