Armand chasing more Heineken Cup involvement after debut
Exeter Chiefs’ summer signing Don Armand got his first taste of Heineken Cup rugby last Sunday, and he wants more of the same against Glasgow Warriors this weekend.
The versatile forward came on for the final four minutes of Chiefs’ Premiership victory over Gloucester but played a more significant part in their win over Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park.
Harare-born Armand came on with Chiefs down to 13 men, as a replacement for Damian Welch in the second row, with 20 minutes remaining.
The 25-year-old relished the opportunity and wants to help Chiefs continue their upward momentum in Europe’s premier club competition this Sunday.
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He said: “I’m loving it here – the fans are awesome, the players are awesome and the coaches are awesome.
“I played my first home game for the first team on Sunday and I thought the crowd was absolutely marvellous. It is wonderful to be involved and I’m really enjoying my time here.
“The morale of the boys is on the up and we’re showing more and more belief. That will be vital for us.
“It seems like we have the right guys in the team, the team dynamic is awesome so everything is on the up and looking good. After the Gloucester performance it was a case of making sure we’re not an up-and-down team. Now we’ve done it two weeks in a row.
“The pressure is building but we have to make sure we are a pressure side, we have to back up one performance with another.”
The early bonus-point victory for Chiefs means the Devon club approach this weekend with confidence. The Warriors beat them in a pre-season friendly at Sandy Park over the summer and Armand says his side will take nothing for granted.
“Both sides have played a few games since pre-season and tweaked their game a little bit,” he said.
“I’d like to think we have found our feet but it is still only two weeks in a row that we’ve won.
“We’ve faced them before and we lost, but it is a different context now. I don’t think it will be a similar encounter to pre-season, it will be a new kettle of fish but another good match-up with both sides looking good.
“To get five points from your first Heineken Cup game, you couldn’t ask for anything better.
“Obviously, you can’t take your foot off the peddle and you have to carry on. Just because we got five points, we can’t go into this week all complacent.”