VIDEO: Chiefs ready to go for it at Gloucester
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has promised his side will hold nothing back during their Premiership trip to Gloucester tomorrow.
The Chiefs go to Kingsholm looking to resume their winning form after a home defeat to Leicester Tigers last week.
After a cautious first half, which ended with Chiefs chasing a 15-0 deficit, they responded with a positive second-half display before going down 21-9.
Baxter says his side must attack the game from the first whistle this weekend.
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"We have to go for it and we've reiterated that this week and made sure we are all on the same page," he said. "We've got a great test at Kingsholm this weekend, but the result is not the be all and end all. It is about how we decide to play.
"If we decide to go up there and play, we give it a good shot and are pleased with our level of performance, everything else that happens, just happens.
"We're currently on good form, based on our second half against Leicester. The important thing is to carry that on into the start of the game against Gloucester."
Baxter believes the Chiefs' hard work will produce good results as the season continues. They have beaten London Wasps and London Irish, but lost to Northampton Saints and Leicester so far this term.
Baxter said: "The start of the season is a bit of a dog fight and it doesn't really matter what plans you make, nine times out of ten, it doesn't quite work like that.
"You need to get your head down and just graft through whatever scenario lands in front of you. I want us to be of the mindset that it is something we should be excited about, not something we should worry about it."
Dave Lewis will make his first Exeter Chiefs start when he faces former club tomorrow. The scrum-half is one of four changes Baxter has made to his starting XV.
Other changes see Chris Whitehead and Ben White come into the pack in place of Jack Yeandle and James Scaysbrook, whilst behind the inclusion of Matt Jess on the right wing means there is a slight re-jig with Ian Whitten partnering Sam Hill in the centre.
On the bench, summer recruit Don Armand is included for the first time in place of Tom Hayes.
Kai Horstmann, fresh from scoring two tries from the Braves in Monday's win at Bath, fills the void left by White and Tongan international Fetu'u Vainikolo – another who scored a double at Bath – is given his first taste of first-team action following his close season move from Connacht.
Exeter Chiefs: Dollman; Jess, Whitten, Hill, James; Steenson, Lewis; Sturgess, Whitehead, Tui; Mumm (capt), Welch; Johnson, White, Ewers. Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Rimmer, Armand, Horstmann, Thomas, Slade, Vainikolo.