VIDEO: Exeter Chiefs must aim for top-four place, says Rimmer
Exeter Chiefs prop Carl Rimmer says a top-four Premiership place is their target for the forthcoming season.
The Devon side are preparing for their fourth season in the top flight of English rugby and, after qualifying for the Heineken Cup in the last two, a place in the play-offs is now the aim.
Rimmer, who joined the club from Cornish Pirates last summer, expects better still, both individually and as a team, this term.
He said: “Our expectations have changed. We are very ambitious and the top four is certainly our aim this year after two top-six finishes. We also want to see how far we can push on in the Heineken Cup as well.
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“This is the second season for me and it is so much nicer. I feel a lot more comfortable just in general, knowing the systems and what the coaches are expecting. You’re not guessing about anything.
“I’m certainly hoping this season will be as good as last season and better.”
Rimmer is expected to start the Chiefs’ final pre-season friendly of the summer against Glasgow Warriors tomorrow.
He is determined to take his chance to impress. Rimmer said: “I’m very pleased to start but it comes with the added pressure of knowing that one slip means someone equally talented can jump in.
“It is a Premiership club and there is competition in every position – there is no safe position, this is the top level.”
The standards have certainly been set in wins over Scarlets and Bristol. However, Rimmer said they must continue to improve ahead of their Premiership opener at Northampton Saints on September 7.
He said: “I think it has gone really well, we have been very lucky not to pick up many injuries and we’re building on a couple of good results now.
“Scarlets away was a good test in the rain and it was good to come away with a victory, and then Bristol, we got to open up a bit at home and we saw some of the backs fly.
“This week, against Glasgow, should test us more and we have to bring everything together in time for the Northampton Saints game.
“I think that is what coaches look for when they put these pre-season programmes together. We all understand that we’re not going to get everything right the first time around, that’s the whole point, you’re allowed to make the odd mistake.
“The idea will be for us to make less and less mistakes as we got through, but when we get to that final game you really want to be ready to go – you don’t want to be experimenting in the first game of the Premiership season.”