Dollman urges Chiefs to put in full 80 minutes against physical Glasgow
at Sandy Park
Phil Dollman believes Exeter Chiefs will need to be on top of their game for the full 80 minutes on Sunday to get a result against Glasgow Warriors.
The Welshman and his teammates played some stunning stuff in the opening 50 minutes of last weekend's Heineken Cup opener against Cardiff Blues, racing 41-3 ahead.
However, they dropped off in the final half an hour – not helped by two yellow cards in the space of a minute – as they won 44-29.
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Dollman, who has been playing at full-back so far this season due to Luke Arscott's absence with a finger injury, said the key to winning against the top sides was being alert for the full match.
And with Glasgow unbeaten in the RaboDirect Pro12 – and having fought back to score four tries and take a bonus point in defeat at Toulon last weekend – the 28-year-old hopes they can play well for the 80 minutes this Sunday.
"I think for 50 minutes that's the best rugby I've played during my time at the Chiefs," Dollman said of last weekend's win.
"We played some good stuff and I think we deserved all the points we got in the opening 50 minutes.
"The disappointing thing was that we didn't carry it through for the whole 80 minutes – maybe that's something we'll do in the future."
Having made their debut in the Heineken Cup last season in a group containing experienced European campaigners Leinster, Clermont Auvergne and Scarlets, Dollman said they learned the value of being switched on for 80 minutes.
"There are little touches that make the difference between those top quality sides," he said.
"The major thing we learned in the Leinster, Scarlets and Clermont games was that you needed a full 80-minute performance.
"Against Clermont at home we had a really good 40 minutes to start with. They put their foot down in the second half and showed their quality but you need to be right on the ball for 80 minutes otherwise the game can slip away from you in ten minutes.
"As a team we're looking to improve on that and make sure we're performing for every minute in these big games."
Exeter's players and coaches know exactly what to expect from Gregor Townsend's outfit as they beat the Chiefs 29-26 at Sandy Park in a pre-season match in August.
And having continued their form since then, Dollman knows a hard game lies in wait at Scotstoun.
"It's another tough one. In the pre-season game at our place they taught us some lessons," said the former Newport Gwent Dragons back.
"They're a physical team, we're really going to have to front up to get anything out of the game.
"They have proved their quality in the last two seasons in the RaboDirect, they've been right up there.
"It was a high-scoring game against Toulon [51-28] and they were on the wrong end of it but they showed that they can really play with the ball in hand. To score four tries out there doesn't come too easily."
With Exeter sitting sixth in the Aviva Premiership after the first five games of the season, and league matches against Worcester and Sale to come in the two weeks following Sunday's game, Dollman is keen for his side to use their Heineken Cup experiences to boost their form domestically.
He said: "We've made a good start to the Heineken Cup now – hopefully we can build on that
"It's not going to be easy but hopefully we'll be able to get something out of the game at the weekend and then re-assess where we are. We can also learn a few things to go back into the Premiership with confidence."