We talk a lot about ambition at Exeter and, as the season gets into its final third, our ambition edges more and more towards the top six of the Aviva Premiership table and a potential Heineken Cup spot.
They could be seen as quite lofty ambitions for a club that is only playing its second season in the league.
But as we sit in fifth place, two points off third and with seven games left…why not?
Wins like the one we earned at Wasps last week are superb for the squad’s confidence.
We have beaten Leicester and Wasps now in consecutive weeks and do that against two sides with such a rich history in the game, is some achievement.
Being honest with ourselves, if we want to go on and achieve something like a top six finish this season, those are the sort of games that we need to be grinding out results in. The boys were very happy when we were on the way home with the points.
And a real grind it was too. It was an awful day and I think I would have asked for my money back if I was watching instead of playing!
It was our sixth win in seven games across the competitions. Harlequins started the season winning several games on the trot and they showed that when you get into a good run, winning becomes a habit.
We host Bath on Saturday night in what should be a cracking local derby at Sandy Park. If our supporters can replicate the sort of atmosphere we had for our win over Leicester the other week, it will be a good night.
On a personal level, it has been a really good feeling to get back out on the pitch instead of the medical room. The buzz of playing this game of ours is superb.
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