Scrum-half Lewis pleased to launch his quest for starting role at Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs' new scrum-half Dave Lewis hopes the competition for half-back places will help drive the club to success in the Premiership this season.
Debutant Lewis, a summer arrival from Gloucester, played an impressive part in the Devon club's 51-7 victory over Bristol at weekend.
However, the North Devon-born number nine knows there will be plenty of hard work ahead, if he is to push ahead of fellow scrum-halves Haydn Thomas, Will Chudley, Stu Townsend and Rob Coote at Sandy Park this term.
Saturday's performance was merely the first step for Lewis, especially after missing some of Chiefs' pre-season work through injury.
He said: "I was very pleased with my first run-out. Although the scoreline maybe did flatter us a little bit, I thought we played some really good rugby out there and it was definitely an improvement on the previous week against Scarlets – hopefully we can carry that on into this week.
"It was nice to be out there. I think the boys have been doing a little bit more slogging than I have during pre-season after a hamstring injury. But like the rest of the boys, I just want to play rugby and pre-season does tend to take its toll and everyone is happy that we have matches to look forward to on Saturdays.
"Everyone will have gone away happy because we put 50 points on the board but it was not a perfect performance by any means – that's a good thing from our point of view because it means we can still improve even though we have beaten a side by 50 points."
Lewis has settled in well at Chiefs, partly because of his friendships with players already at the club. The former South West Academy prospect played alongside the likes of Ben Moon before his six-year spell at Kingsholm.
"It has been brilliant so far," said Lewis. "The boys have made me feel right at home and the coaches have as well. Now it is just about getting that game time on the pitch and getting into the swing of it again.
"It has been massive having Chiefs in the Premiership, it does lift the whole county really. Exeter have done very and hopefully we can carry on doing that and make the county proud.
"The competition for places is brilliant here and it does bring out the best in us. Hopefully, we have got strong competition in every position and that will only drive the standards higher. That will only be a good thing for the team."
Chiefs face a tough trip to Franklin's Gardens for the Premiership opener on September 7. But Lewis said: "No team is easy to play against in the Premiership. There are tough games every week and we just have to get through each one. Whoever we had, it would not be an easy start."