VIDEO: Dave Lewis eyes further improvement from Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Dave Lewis admits his side still have plenty of improvements to make against London Irish on Saturday, despite picking up their first Premiership win of the season last weekend.
The Devon club failed to hit top form on the opening day at Northampton Saints, suffering a heavy defeat at Franklin’s Gardens before earning a hard-fought victory over London Wasps.
However, the 30-26 result at Sandy Park still left many in the Chiefs’ dressing room feeling they will need to improve further still ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Exiles at Madejski Stadium.
“It was much better last weekend, but we still have a lot of things to improve on,” said Lewis, who made his first competitive home appearance, as a second-half replacement against Wasps.
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“It is an ideal situation because getting the first win was a relief to us all but we know we’ve got areas to improve on this Saturday.
“Without wanting to give too much away, we’re still working on our accuracy and intensity. We could have really taken the game by the scruff of the neck and gone for that fourth try. Bonus points could be so valuable to us at the end of the season.
“It was a massive frustration. As a team we want to be greedy, in a sense, and we did let it slip, although Wasps did well to come back. If we had got that fourth try, it would have been a different conversation in the changing room after the game.”
London Irish have had a similar start to the Chiefs this term. They were well beaten by Saracens in their first fixture, but responded by overcoming Worcester Warriors last weekend.
Wing Marland Yarde has scored three tries in the first two games of the season and Lewis admits the St Lucia-born back has been a focus of Chiefs’ preparations.
Lewis said: “Yarde had a great end of last season and he has started this season very sharply. He is one of a few players we are having to look at. Hopefully we can nullify him as well as the rest of the team.
“We want to go out and put our stamp on the game. We know what we have to do.
“They are a really dangerous side and we will have to be on our game from minute one to 80.
“We stepped up from the Northampton game and that is what we want to do this weekend and build the momentum going into the season. We have got some big games coming up and that win against Wasps could breed another and hopefully that rolls and rolls.
“We need to be very intense and very physical for the whole match and not just parts of it. It is something we are looking at improving and hopefully, we will do on Saturday.
“We have had a good training week but you never know until the Saturday. And there are 15 blokes on the other side trying to disrupt what you’re trying to do.
“We are getting there; hopefully we can keep improving every week.”