Chiefs' Sestaret has more to offer
FRENCHMAN Nic Sestaret insists there is "more to come" from him as he looks to cement his place back in the Exeter Chiefs' starting line-up.
The 27-year-old winger made only his third appearance of the season in last Friday's British & Irish Cup encounter with Newport at Rodney Parade.
Sadly for Sestaret, Exeter's start in the new competition began on the back foot as the Chiefs slipped to a 21-14 defeat.
However, Sestaret – who has had to battle back after a serious knee injury sustained last December against Leeds Carnegie – did remind Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter of his undoubted talent by scoring one of Exeter's two tries in the game.
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Buoyed by that scoring return, the former Plymouth Albion flyer will now be hoping for more success when he lines up once more for the Chiefs in this weekend's Cup encounter with newly formed Scottish visitors Gael Force at Sandy Park (3pm).
"Only Rob (Baxter) can judge if I did well," said Sestaret. "I tried to give everything I could, but I know I can give more. I am very critical of myself and I always look at my game because I always want to improve.
"I just want people to trust me, be confident, give me some more games and let me show them what I can do. Then maybe I can prove this and become an even better player."
Like many on duty last Friday in Wales, Sestaret has had to play a watching brief for much of the first half of the season – one in which the Chiefs have swept aside all challenges in the Championship.
Now, though, Sestaret wants to play his part in helping the league leaders continue their push towards the play-offs.
"It was important for me to score – as a winger you have to think like that," he said. "The most important thing for me at this moment is the feeling within the team. I want to give things back to the team because I have worked so hard.
"I just want to prove that I can come back and I can help this team. That is the first thing. Unfortunately I come back and we get our first loss, but I am just glad to be playing."
As he hoped, Sestaret does get another chance to impress as he lines-up in an Exeter side which shows just three changes from that defeated by Newport.
Into the back division comes Emyr Lewis, so Sean Marsden switches to the wing and Paul McKenzie moves back inside to the centre to fill in for Bryan Rennie.
The other two changes come in the front-row where young Cornishman Jack Andrew will make his first-ever start for the club, replacing injured Irishman Ruiadhri Murphy, while next to him will be hooker Sam Blythe, who will be making his 200th appearance for the Chiefs in place of Saul Nelson.
Speaking yesterday regarding selection, Baxter commented: "We went into the Newport game with the purpose of looking at a group of players who had either been long-term injured, had not played for a while or were academy players that had trained with us all season.
"That was our plan and we stuck with it. I know it was the right thing to do at this stage of the season and I've done a similar thing this week.
"We were met with fierce competition from Newport, but we regrouped fantastically in the second half and won the second half. It's time for those players who have created that momentum to take that into the Gael Force game."