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Chiefs - Raising the Bar !


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By CJB
September 7 2009

CJB gives a personal view from Saturday's game at Moseley and a rallying call for Chiefs supporters.

Chiefs - Raising the Bar !

a personal view

by

CJB

Simple mistakes and unforced errors punctuated the opening moments at Moseley on Saturday.
Our boys were nervous, tense and tight as a drum skin perhaps. No bad thing nerves, just another part of the learning curve that WILL take Ex. onwards and upwards in a movement that is unfolding in-front of our eyes.

Despite some minor Chiefs mistakes, a highly charged Moseley never looked like breaching our defensive line. Their 6 point penalty haul was all I thought they were going to get.

Quite what the first penalty was for still escapes me, as it did the Moseley fans sitting around me on Saturday. However, the said penalties and a ridiculous Yellow card served to make life tedious for our lads and spiritually uplifting for the Moseley faithful, they had little else to cheer.

Whatever defensive practice and system Rob Baxter and the back room boys sorted in the pre season, is certainly working! Breaching a fully focused Exeter Chiefs defence is going to be tough for anyone in this seasons Championship.

The defencive organisation: shape, cover and tackling efficiency of the 2009/10 Chiefs has more then impressed me in the three games I’ve seen. No defence is impregnable BUT I firmly believe it will be easier to raise a 100% mortgage loan from impoverished Banks than to break our defensive line….. IF we stay fit, focused and motivated.

Clearly a very good coaching job has been done on the defence. Similarly our POWER game is, as ever, looking in good shape. Moseley struggled to hold the power plays coming from our pack, but we come to expect this from a BAXTER Coached side.

Robbie has always been good at the ‘Stick it up your jumper and drive into them” Route One stuff.
OK .. Very important that we meet the up front challenge and assert physical ascendency in the forward battle, Ex have been masters of this for years ……
BUT the surprise to me, and I assume many others of the travelling fans was the ambition and dexterity of our passing game.

In producing the complete team GOOD Defence is Essential, BUT so is a cutting edge OFFENCE that scores points !!

It was legendary Liverpool FC Manager Bill Shankley who once asked a critic,
“If they score 4 but we score 5 does that mean we win?”
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In my lifetime I’ve seen English Rugby dominated by BIG packs beating up the opposition. The odd forward pushover score and penalties that set up the ‘Dead Eye Dicks’ at No 10, have so often decided the game simply by kicking the ball through the uprights.

I suspect the back room blue print for success of many ambitious clubs over decades has been based on the SAFE aspiration to Win up front and kick our penalties.

How refreshing then when fast minds, fast hands, fast runners and fast moves combine to open up a defence setting a player away on a scoring run. The crowd on its feet, voices raised and the razor sharp Matador thrust of the runners is seen to overcome the brute force of the Bull.

Hey Ho the wonder show of fluid total running rugby is usually restricted to Southern Hemisphere, NPC and Super 14s, BUT for those who travelled on Saturday OUR BOYS DID IT….. And did it again and then they did it again and again …..

There was no shortage of grist and grunt but the movement of the ball from hand-to-hand in fast flowing wide ranging moves was sometimes mesmeric, consistently good and always exciting.

Chiefs ambition to keep the play alive was inspirational and the visual spectacle quite magnificent.

OK … Concentration and focus may have lapsed to allow Moseley a final quarter flurry BUT with a 50pts - 6 score line AWAY from home the job had been done.

Exeter Chiefs really look the full package this season. Great credit must go to all concerned. The task now is to BUILD on what we have. Keep our feet firmly on the ground and move forward with confidence and ambition. Yes, there is a long way to go BUT if we continue to build and develop on what we have, the future IS bright and the future is ch… Ch… CH… CH… CHIEFS

Going the EXTRA MILE !


In any team there are many parts. Players, Coaches, Medics, Promoters, Directors, Sponsors, Publicists, Administrators etc etc etc.
There are also the FANS ..
We have a role that we can play SUPPORTING OUR TEAM reach the heights IF e go the extra mile !

OK we pay our money at the gate, we buy the concessions and we shout our encouragement from the terraces. BUT there is MORE we can do IF we have a mind to.
Please read on.

I was pleased to spend an hour or so at Sandy Park on the FUN DAY organised by the Club on the Sunday following the first Sale Game. What I saw was so much more than A FUN DAY… It was a good dy, ideed a very GOOD DAY, in every respect.

Families walked over the field to meet the players who had a variety of games, tasks and challenges for ALL to enjoy.
There were guided tours around the club facilities and a very impressive Team Coach that will be the envy of the Rugby world. Youngsters were signing up for the Junior clubs and supporter packages.

The ‘CHIEF’ was strutting his stuff, Bentos was orchestrating events on the Mic, directors were looking on with justifiable pride and the atmosphere on a cold day was warm, friendly and re-assuring. Members of the community were uniting in the shard pride of our club. B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T

Exeter and surrounding region I urge you all to see what is on offer. REALLY GET behind the Chiefs. Canvass the Press, Media, local politicians, councilors, local commerce and industry to open their eyes and see what a brilliant asset our community has with the Exeter Chiefs.

Pin your colours to the mast (or Totem pole if you like) Combine our efforts to raise the profile and build the whole community support of our lads

We really can build a sporting dynasty here in this wonderful region of Devon.

When a critical TV interviewer gunning for Bill Shankly asked the question

“Football is viewed by many as a matter of
life and death. How do you feel about that?”
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Shankley drew breath and speaking slowly in his dour Scottish accent replied

“No, No son… it’s much more important than that!”

Whatever your standpoint on Sport, there can be no denying the huge effect for GOOD it can have uniting a community under a shared banner.

We have OUR Chiefs let’s all do our bit to raise the profile and build our club into an irresistible force for all that is good in sport for our community right here in Exeter, Devon.

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Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
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07/09/2009 09:58
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Moorsman (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 10:01
CJB - hope you don't mind but I've transcribed your post to a front page story. It's a great piece and too good to leave as a message board item (IMO).

 
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clalan (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 10:25
Thanks for the brilliant piece CJB. We were at the game, and we saw the runs which were exhilarating something me missed last season.
We also had more attacking moves, probably as the confident pack gave such secure ball (when Chris returns what a great front row we will have to rotate).
Feet firmly on the ground, when Donny visit this week, we will then see the metal our team are made from.
Every game i think we will improve, well done also the backroom team fitness etc.

 
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Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
Mabolza (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 10:45
WOW CJB !!!

I could almost hear the Tom Toms in the background when I was reading your post.

I also was there on Saturday ( hope you all got your free Mars bar at the gate ) and it was as good a display of open rugby as I have seen from The Chiefs in years. ( not quite sure though what went wrong in the last 10 mins )

If you think of the players still to return, such as Sestaret, Chicken, Marsden, the Millers etc, it is looking very promising.

As far as publicising The Chiefs brand etc, the club could do a lot worse than hand out free bumper stickers and window posters etc

Looking forward to Saturday

 
arfur
Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
SJP (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 14:51
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No defence is impregnable BUT I firmly believe it will be easier to raise a 100% mortgage loan from impoverished Banks than to break our defensive line….. unquote

Seeing as Moseley ran in three tries it's bad news for those wanting to get that mortgage. (Sm109)

EDF Trophy Winners 2007
B & I Cup Winners 2010

 
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Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
Mabolza (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 15:31
Don't nitpick Arfur.

Our defence IS vulnerable

Particularly when we are 44 points ahead and playing with 14 men and only 10 minutes left and our minds wander towards a cold pint / hot bath.

 
arfur
Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
SJP (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 16:12
Malboza,

It was just a bit of banter which is why I put the smilie at the end of my post. (Sm128)

EDF Trophy Winners 2007
B & I Cup Winners 2010

 
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Mabolza (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 16:44
Quote:
Sancreed Pirate
Malboza,
It was just a bit of banter )

I know it was.

 
stressed bill
Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
stressed bill (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 18:47
are there chiefs car stickers available to stick in the window from the club shop? would be a good way to drum up support, am looking forward to my first away game of the season, plus bristol away and now maybe bedford away, happy days

 
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Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
07/09/2009 19:04
Yes there are for about 2 squid.

But I would like to see the brand further developed: little Chiefs team strips for the car as they do for the softball game, small feathered head dresses to dangle from your interior mirror etc.

 
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Chief caps (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 19:08
yes, S'bill, you can get car stickers from the club shop or T pryce.

East Terrace North chief.

Exeter Chiefs a Premership Rugby Club



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009:09:07:20:29:31 by Chief caps.

 
chief in exile
Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
chief in exile (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 19:16
What was nice about saturday was Hepher's influence. In the second half we tried to avoid contact and off load as much as possible. Sometimes we made mistakes as we forced the issue and that led to one of their tries, but lets keep trying it to get it right for the play offs! great to see front five forwards using their hands. Baxter has organised our forwards very well again but we look to have that other edge.

Also well done Paddy Anson! our boys all looked a lot bigger and more powerful than before. After 30 minutes it looked like Men v boys and it could have got embarrassing, but well done Mose for fighting. All players played well however, Scaysbrook showed why Bath wanted to keep him and how he should be playing in the premiership!

 
stressed bill
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stressed bill (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 19:34
cool will buy a car sticker at saturdays game, just little things make a difference over time, will the club read this regarding the team strips and the mini chief head dresses and take notice, would be great to see these type of things in lots of cars around the area.Was last season average attendance 4,500, maybe our aim could be to get 5.000?

 
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Kilo5 (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 19:43
The question has been asked several times before at members forums regarding team "bits and pieces" for fans to buy.

It is down to Tony Pryce Sports to decide as they have the franchise on that sort of thing. Obviously they wont commission something that THEY think will lose them money......

Living the dream
Supporting The Chiefs in the AP
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stressed bill
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stressed bill (IP Logged)
07/09/2009 19:54
well lets hope someone at tony pryce gets to see or hear about this, if they don't know then maybe they'll never make them?

 
totemchief
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totemchief (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 14:45
A brilliant article. Re raising the publicity (subject to planning and safety) I feel a fair size banner on the fence at the rear of the East Terrace or such similar place would certainly inform the travelling public (not that many use the M5!)of whose ground they were passing. Isn't a well known fact there is no such thing as bad publicity.

 
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clalan (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 17:01
tell that to quins, and bath (Sm151)
you can see the logo on the main stand, but painting the east terrace would make sense.

 
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Videoman (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 18:23
Call me a big kid if you like, but I've always wanted to have a flagpole on the back of the gantry but which would only have the flag raised when I was in residence!

I've always been a bit of a queen . . .

Steve

 
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Moorsman (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 19:25
(Sm22)

 
stressed bill
Re: Chiefs - Raising the Bar !
stressed bill (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 20:29
painting the back of the terrace with exeter chiefs written sounds great(maybe in black,blue and white) who's gonna tell the chief exec?!

 
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Jemima (IP Logged)
08/09/2009 22:57
Tell him at the members forum tomorrow night, and tell him we will even supply the paint!

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