We have to respond – Mumm

Date published: April 20 2015

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Exeter captain Dean Mumm wants his team-mates to respond in the season run-in after seeing their Challenge Cup hopes end against Gloucester.

The Devon club were denied a second major final appearance this season when they lost out 30-19 in a hard-fought semi-final clash at Kingsholm.

However, the Australian international – who is to leave the Chiefs at the end of the current campaign following three highly successful seasons at Sandy Park – was in defiant mood when addressing the media following the game.

"We're disappointed – as you would be after losing a semi-final – but there is still so much to go after in this season and still so much to achieve," he revealed.

"I'm ambitious to get it and so are the boys, Rob and Tony.

"The whole set-up at the club wants more from this year and it all starts again this week, it starts again on Tuesday when we'll look to get right back on it."

Having advanced to the latter stages of both the LV= Cup and Europe this term, it's the final rounds of the Premiership that will now dominate the thoughts of Mumm and his fellow Chiefs over the remaining few weeks of the season.

With Wasps away first up this Sunday, the Chiefs – who occupy the last of the four play-off berths – know this really is the business end of the season and the time for them to deliver their biggest results.

"We're a team that often responds to disappointments quite well," said Mumm. 

"After this latest result, we're going to have to. We've got a huge game coming up at Wasps and we know it will be a big challenge going up there.

"Yes, this result will hurt now and probably on the bus journey home, but by the time we report back in for training this week, it'll be time to refocus our thoughts again and look to move on once more."

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