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Steenson targets big performance

17th April 2014 11:07

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Determined: Gareth Steenson

Fly-half Gareth Steenson insists performance is key for the Exeter Chiefs this Saturday as they take on Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership.

Having returned to winning ways with last weekend's 38-33 win at lowly Worcester Warriors, Devon's finest can expect another stiff examination against the visiting Sharks. With qualification into Europe's new-look Champions Cup very much up for grabs, the need to accrue vital Premiership points has never been more important with just three rounds of the domestic season remaining.

Irishman Steenson - who marked his recall to the Exeter line-up with an 18-point haul last time out - is well aware of the stakes on offer and is hoping the Chiefs can deliver a top-notch performance on home soil.

"We want to be back up at the top table, playing in the top competition and we've got to earn the right to do it," said Steenson.

"We always seem to make hard work of it. For us it's just about going out and performing against Sale, we can't look too much further than that. We've made the mistake in the past that we've started looking further down the line than we should do.

"We need to stick to what we're good at, and that's getting ready for the game at the weekend and then assess where we are after that.

"It is a big game for us and it is a big game for them as well. They know that if they come down here and get a result they guarantee getting themselves in that top European competition.

"It's like a cup final, and it's a nice thing for us to have it at home in front of our own supporters."

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