Motivation and attitude not a problem for Chiefs against Tigers at Welford Road

Motivation will be no problem for Chris Whitehead against Leicester this week.

Chris Whitehead thinks Exeter Chiefs will have no problem getting up for Tigers at Welford Road

I was born and bred in Derby but moved to Leicester when I joined their Academy as a youngster.

I learnt a lot during my time at the Tigers, living there while I trained and I still have a property there now.

I have always held the club in high regard and am not afraid to say that I have been a fan of the Tigers since I was knee high. When you develop a close affinity with a club like that, it’s impossible to switch off.

That fact always makes it very special for me to play there and that is just what I will be doing on Saturday when the Chiefs arrive at Welford Road for what should be a cracker.

 Welford Road is a wonderful rugby ground with a terrific atmosphere and is my favourite stadium to visit as a Chief.

To do the double over Leicester last year gave us all a sense of massive satisfaction. There were rumblings that the Tigers were missing players at the World Cup when we won at Welford Road but with that ground and that squad, any win there is a big win.

Welford Roads' Caterpillar Stand holds 10,000 fans.

The Caterpillar Stand at Welford Road holds 10,000; bigger than some clubs ground capacity.

The one thing that Rob Baxter will not need to worry about this weekend in preparing for the trip back there is any sense of motivation or making sure that we have the right attitude towards the game.

When we play Leicester, because of how big a club they are, the boys will be as excited as humanly possible.

It will be good going there on the back of what was a big win over Saracens at Sandy Park last week.

We did our best to lose it at times and it was a very nerve-wracking finish on a day of proper Exeter weather!

With Leicester to come after Saracens, we then have champions Harlequins and then begin our first season in the Heineken Cup with the little matter of champions Leinster away and Clermont Auvergne at home.

That is just about as tough a run of five games as you could ever script in European rugby.

But these are the sort of challenges that drive you on and that you live for as a professional rugby player. These are exciting times.

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