After suffering two defeats in their opening games of the Champions Cup, Exeter lock Geoff Parling says his side must respond this week.
Back-to-back matches against Bordeaux Bègles, this first coming on Sunday at Sandy Park, are now simply must-wins for the Chiefs.
“We’ve got to go for it,” admitted Parling when speaking to Premiership Rugby ahead of this weekend’s showdown, drawing on last season’s start to the pools. “When we look back to last year, we were the first team in a long, long time to lose the first two games and qualify.
“It can be done, it’s going to be a hard task and we’ve really got to go for it. We’ve seen some unusual things in these pools like last year (against Ospreys).
“We knew we had to win with a bonus point, but we still didn’t really know what was going on until the media came into the changing room. It was a pretty surreal day with all the events that happened.
“We’re going into this European block in miles better form. It wasn’t like the end of the world at the start of the season, but we certainly didn’t have our energy that we have had in a lot of games. Over the past month and a half we’ve played a lot better.”
After a poor start to the season, Exeter seem to have turned a corner and last week’s win at Sale sends them into this game in good form.
“Teams know when they come to Sandy Park they’re going to have play really, really well to have a chance,” added the veteran second-row.
“That’s (their poor start) gone now, we are playing well in the Premiership, a lot of guys are coming back from injuries as well. Hopefully we can push on for the rest of the season.”