Myles Dorrian impressed by fledgling Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs fly-half Myles Dorrian has been impressed by the club's young players after their winning start to the LV= Cup campaign.
The Chiefs are top of Pool One after securing wins over London Welsh and Ospreys and their success has largely been due to the excellence of their younger players.
Backs Jack Nowell and Sam Hill have been influential alongside fly-half Henry Slade, while forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Yeandle, Will Carrick-Smith, Joel Conlon and Dave Ewers have also performed well.
They have been aided by some more senior men, such as Dorrian, who turns 30 over the coming weeks, but the Australian has been impressed by his young team-mates' performances.
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Chiefs beat London Welsh 42-15 at Oxford before winning 23-13 at Sandy Park against Ospreys. Carrick-Smith scored tries in both games.
Dorrian said: "We came into the unknown, not knowing what we were going to be facing in London Welsh. The boys put on a fantastic performance and we played well, got the bonus-point win and then wanted to back it up against Ospreys.
"It was not as flowing as we would have liked it to be with a nice full crowd here. We would have liked to have scored a few more tries but fair play to Ospreys' defence.
"I like to think I'm still one of the youngsters but I'm probably a little bit more senior than most of them. It is good with the likes of Henry Slade and Jack Nowell coming through – they are fantastic athletes.
"Big Will is just a try-scoring machine at the moment – who can stop the boy?
"Sam Hill as well, he is just barging people out of the way for fun these days. It is good to watch them grow."
Dorrian, who joined Chiefs from Bedford Blues in the summer of 2011, still has ambitions of his own.
His try against Ospreys was crucial in helping his side overcome a dogged challenge from the RaboDirect Pro 12 title holders.
He hopes their LV= Cup performances will make team selection for this weekend's Aviva Premiership game London Irish difficult.
Dorrian said: "We have put our hands up. We've always given our feedback to the first team and full credit to them, they have earned their spots.
"We just want to play and show exactly what we can do and put it to the coaches, giving them a harder time when it comes to selection.
"We've got two on the bounce in the LV= Cup now and the club is doing well."
Dorrian had a spell with the Cornish Pirates in the Championship last season but the majority of his recent rugby has been for the title-winning Exeter Braves in the A League. That victory last season helped the club maintain a winning culture, together with the first-team's efforts in reaching the Heineken Cup.
The Braves have been excellent again this term, but defeats at Saracens and Harlequins have dented their hopes.
Dorrian said: "It is a shame in the A League this year, we have had a few away games that didn't quite fall our way. It was fantastic last year, winning the A League. There is a good feel around the club of winning and that is what rugby is all about.
"We love to win. Everyone is happy and everyone is smiling. I'm very settled and I'm loving it down here."