Saints clash excites Slade

Date published: September 26 2016

Exeter centre Henry Slade is looking forward to the challenge of taking on Premiership rivals Northampton at Franklin's Gardens this Friday.

After losing their first two matches, the Chiefs have bounced back with successive victories as their impressive side climbs the standings.

Their next task sees them travel to Northampton and Slade knows it will be another big test for the squad as Saints will be hard to beat.

"We know they are a top side, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck into them," he told Exeter's website.

"The Gardens is a tough place to go, but we went there a couple of years ago on a Friday night and won, so hopefully we can do the same again."

The Chiefs defeated Bristol 41-17 at Ashton Gate over the weekend and that was another step in the right direction, according to Slade.

"We spoke in the changing room about how to get two wins on the bounce is great, but three really bumps you up the table," he continued.

"Three on the trot is a hard thing to do in the Premiership and not many teams do it."

Slade added: "We have bounced back really well and I think it shows the resolve in the squad how we have managed to do that and hopefully we can keep pushing on.

"We are pleased with what we are doing in training and taking it out onto the pitch and it was a good result.

"We have got some awesome boys here. The forwards are doing well getting us on the front foot and we have got some good gas men out wide.

"We've pretty much got most boxes ticked at the moment whichever combination we play at the moment and I am just really enjoying playing in it right now."