Exeter Chiefs skills coach Ricky Pellow admitted it had been a ‘tough night’ for his side as they lost 29-15 in their Anglo-Welsh Cup pool opener at Harlequins.
“It is not the way we wanted to start the competition … We knew it was going to be tough coming up to Harlequins, and we talked during the week and before the match that we had to rip the game away from them," he told the official Exeter Chiefs website.
“I cannot fault the boys for the effort they put in, but we just have to be a little bit more clinical, and around that breakdown area we gave away a lot of penalties, both in our attack and when they jackalled the ball, so we had to be clinical in that particular area.
“The penalty count against us was pretty high, so we have got to take those penalties out of the equation and be a lot more clinical. We created opportunities and we were in there for a period, and there was about 20 minutes when the momentum swung and Quins took their opportunities and we fell off a little bit.
“It was pleasing the way we came back into it, and we tried to fight our way back into the game, but we just couldn’t get the losing bonus point and then the win at the end."