‘It is still in our hands’ – Slade

Date published: April 18 2016

Exeter centre Henry Slade is not giving up on finishing in the top two places of the Premiership, despite the club falling to successive defeats.

After losing to Wasps in their Champions Cup quarter-final, Exeter were beaten by Gloucester at Kingsholm in the Premiership last Friday.

Wasps beating Worcester on Saturday meant they would move above the Chiefs into second with two games to play, but Slade remains positive.

"It is still in our hands," he told the Chiefs website on Monday.

"If we beat Wasps at our place, then we can still finish second and we are confident in what we can do.

"We have got a couple of weeks to prepare for Wasps and we are looking forward to getting them down to Sandy Park."

Exeter will now have a weekend off from rugby due to the Champions Cup semi-finals being on the schedule. They then return to action with that clash against Wasps in the Premiership, with Slade relishing the prospect.

"We came off the back of a big emotional performance the previous week against Wasps, so to just come up short again is frustrating," he said.

"There were a couple of key moments in the game which, if they had gone our way, would have meant a completely different story. That is just the way it goes though and they came through a couple of key moments and the momentum swung in their direction."

He added on the loss: "It was just a couple of little things – ill-discipline, a couple of knock-ons, getting turned over on the line a couple of times – that are killing us at the minute. But if we can sharpen up on those in training, then we can take control of both of the last two games."