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By Moorsman
February 6 2018


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After what seems like an age Premiership rugby reurns to Sandy Park this weekend with the visit of Worcester Warriors

Chiefs v Warriors

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter

After what seems like an age Premiership rugby reurns to Sandy Park this weekend with the visit of Worcester Warriors.  

The Chiefs last ten regular season Premiership Rugby games at Sandy Park have all ended with maximum points and Chiefs have won all eleven previous matches they have played against them in Premiership Rugby.  So, on the face of it this would seem to be a nailed on Chiefs win with a bonus point?  However as Rob Baxter often says past glories count for nothing and he'll be working hard to avoid any complacency.  Chiefs will be without 5 frontline forwards for the game as Luke Cowan-Dickie has been called up to the England squad.  He joins fellow forwards Harry Williams, Alec Hepburn, Sam Simmonds (England) and Thomas Francis (Wales) and Jack Nowell the Chiefs solitary representative in an International back line. 

General view of the back of a scrum by Exeter Chiefs players wearing Samurai branded socks

With both Jack Yeandle and Elvis Taioni injured the Chiefs could well have done with LCDs' services but I think I speak for many a Chiefs supporter in thinking he should have been in the initial squad anyway.  This means it's likely that Sean Molton will get the number 2 shirt with Jack Innard on the bench, flanked by the experienced pair Greg Holmes and Moray Low.  We're fortunate to have Thomas The Tank available to start at 8 in Sam simmonds absence with Don Armond (how has he not been selected by England?) and Dave Ewers to complete the back row.  With just Nowellsy away in the backs Chiefs have plenty to chose from even though Henry Slade and James Short aren't available due to injury.  I imagine we'll see Nick White and Steeno as half backs with Dolly at full back.  I'm not sure if Sam Hill will be back but pretty certain that Ian Whitten will fill one of the Centre spots.  I think we could see some fireworks on the wings with Olly Woodburn and new signing Santiago Cordero (although he may just get a bench spot).

Exeter Chiefs' Olly Woodburn dives over to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match at Sandy P

Whatever Chiefs side Rob Baxter selects will be a little different from the usual but they'll be setting out to keep that great home record going.

Come On You Chiefs...Chiefs...Chiefs...