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The Run In...
By Moorsman
March 18 2018

The run in

The Run In
 
General view of the Aviva Premiership trophy pitchside before the Aviva Premiership match at Twicken
Here's how the table stands with just 5 league games to go and Chiefs opponents are highlighted.  Potentially 4 out of the 5 will still be hoping to make at least the top  six by season end and some may even be vying for a play off place!
 
    P W D L PF PA PD BP
1 Chiefs 17 12 0 5 432 285 147 13 61
2 Wasps 17 11 1 5 468 391 77 8 54
3 Sarries 17 11 0 6 490 294 196 9 53
4 Falcons 17 11 0 6 335 365 -30 6 50
5 Tigers 17 10 0 7 408 373 35 7 47
6 Glaws 17 9 1 7 378 408 -30 8 46
7 Bath 17 9 0 8 423 397 26 9 45
8 Sharks 17 8 0 9 408 375 33 11 43
9 Quins 17 7 0 10 424 459 -35 8 36
10 Saints 17 6 0 11 386 476 -90 7 31
11 Warriors 17 5 0 12 297 455 -158 7 27
12 Irish 17 2 0 15 283 454 -171 7 15
First up it's Bath away next Friday evening (23/03) In some way the postponment of the Anglo Welsh Final will work in Bath's favour because they were likely to field many of their Prem side given the current injury situation.  This would have only given them a 5 day turnaround had the Final gone ahead.  Whereas Chiefs strength in depth allowed for many of the Prem side to have a 'normal' lead up to the fixture.  The Rec is never an easy place to get a win and Chiefs don't have a particularly good record there.  A lot will depend on whether the Chiefs are back on form and which Bath side turns up on the night ( their form has been pretty inconsistent).  If the Chiefs are anywhere near their early season form I can only see a Chiefs victory.  Even a narrow win will do and push Chiefs closer to a guaranteed top 4 and potential home semi.  However Bath will be really pushing for points to ensure a top 6 or top 4 place so it's not going to be easy!
 
Exeter Chiefs Don Armand

The second game is at home to Glaws (08/04) and we all know how closely fought ouir games v the Cherry and Whites normally are.  Glaws really seem to have turned a corner this season and have put in some mightily effective performances.  Their Achilles heal appears to be their defence having conceded more points than they've scored and 123 more than the Chiefs have so far this season.  This I think will be the diffenece between the sides and with what is likely to be sold out Sandy Park behind them I'm backing Chiefs to win with a TBP in a high scoring game.
 
Exeter Chiefs Henry Slade

Third up is away to Irish (15/04) and given their season so far I think Chiefs will have too much for them on the day.  That's not to say Irish have been playing badly it's just their apparent inability to sustain the performance that is the problem.  Chiefs ability to break down sides and play well beyond the 80 minutes should see them home with a TBP win.
Exeter Chiefs Luke Cowan-Dickie (centre) makes a run towards the Worcester Warriors defence during t

The penultimate game is at home to Sharks (28/04) and I think this is a pretty difficult match to call as Sharks have played some great rugby this season.  However like Bath and Glaws their main problem is lack of consistency.  Having said this they have picked up a lot of bonus points this season and always seem to be in the game.  The Chiefs have only lost once to Sharks at Sandy Park (season 13/14) and I can't see this being any different this season.  Chiefs defence should be too good for the Sharks and by that time I hope we will be pushing hard to cement not only a home semi but to top the table.
 
Exeter Chiefs' Jack Nowell (right) celebrates scoring his sides firts try during the Aviva Premiersh

Lastly Chiefs have to visit The Stoop to play Quins (05/05).  This could be cracking way to end the league games as both sides like to play attacking rugby.  Quins have scored just 8 points less than Chiefs so far this season but when it comes to defence that's a completely different story as they have conceded 164 points more than Chiefs in this period!  At getting on for 10 points more per game I think the Chiefs defence will be too good for them and another Chiefs win could be on the cards.
Exeter Chiefs Gareth Steenson kicks a conversion during the Aviva Premiership match at Sandy Park, E

This may be an optimistic view of the run in but if Chiefs can get back to the early season form I don't see why it's not possible.  If so it would set Chiefs up well for a crack at the titkle for the third season in a row.
Exeter Chiefs celebrate winning the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham Stadium, London.

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