‘Pure euphoria’ for Steenson

Date published: May 23 2016

Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson has climbed the ranks with the Premiership finalists and was overjoyed at the semi-final win over Wasps.

Now the Irish number ten has his eyes set on silverware at Twickenham but he looking back on the moment Exeter’s place in the final was confirmed with their 34-23 win over Wasps at Sandy Park, it was a moment Steenson won’t forget for some time.

“When the boys got that penalty try right at the end, it was pure euphoria,” he told England Rugby HQ.

“Over the years we’ve had some really good days at the club and this one ranks up there. Obviously we’re delighted with the result and performance, even though there was the odd one or two mistakes out there.

“Conditions were always going to be tough, especially in that second half for us, but as I said we’re delighted to come through.”

Whilst as a club this will be Exeter’s first major final Steenson believes there is enough experience in the squad to settle the side down for the big occasion, pointing to the likes of England and Lions lock Geoff Parling as someone to offer key advice.

“We’ve played at Twickenham before with Big Game 6 and we’ve got guys in the squad that have played in finals before,” added Steenson.

“It’s going to be a big experience for all of us, so we want to give ourselves the best possible chance.

“People like Geoff [Parling] will be key. All year he’s said there is no reason why we can’t go on and win this.

“This is a winning Lion saying that to you, so it’s huge for your confidence. He’s played with some of the best players in the world, yet he’s saying we’ve guys who are right up there here at the club.

“That has to give you a boost and it’s just filtered right through the squad. Take for example Harry Williams, he’d never played in the Premiership until this season, yet here is stepping up in the absence of international guys and producing the goods.

“For me, it shows what the club is all about. Guys who are here buy into the culture and what we want to achieve very quickly. Now we’re just 80 minutes away from the big one!”