VIDEO: Matt Jess demands a big Exeter Chiefs performance
Exeter Chiefs wing Matt Jess says the players owe their supporters a big Heineken Cup performance against Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park tomorrow.
Although Chiefs produced an excellent display in their 29-12 victory at Gloucester last weekend, they were disappointed with their defeat to Leicester Tigers last time out on home turf.
Jess, who starts tomorrow's game against the Blues, said: "If we can play our rugby, our brand, both in attack and defence, we should get a good game out of it for the supporters.
"The support is our 16th man on the pitch and the travelling support that was there last week was outstanding. As players, we haven't really talked about it, but in the back of our own minds, we want to give them something back.
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"We do owe the supporters one for that Leicester game but they will be up for it. It's the Heineken Cup and something new again to be excited about. I think we can put a really good game out there for them at the weekend."
Many of the Chiefs have talked about how important discipline will be to their hopes against the Blues this weekend.
Cardiff's British and Irish Lions goal-kicker Leigh Halfpenny will look to punish any home indiscretions by ruthlessly adding points to the scoreboard for his side.
Jess said: "We have taken a little look at that and we saw what he could bring from the British and Irish Lions games.
"If we give penalties away, he will nudge it. His percentages are unbelievable.
"Last week, our discipline was very good and we have tried to hit home this week about how it is key again.
"We're at home and if we can keep our discipline and cut out the silly penalties, we will be fine.
"We can't worry too much about results. If we get the performance right, the results will come."
Team news for the Chiefs sees Baxter forced to tweak his backline due to injuries sustained in the past week.
Former Blues wing Tom James rolled an ankle in training, so he misses out and Fetu'u Vainikolo comes in for his first competitive start, while the experienced Jason Shoemark returns at centre in place of Sam Hill, who picked up a knock in the latter stages of the game at Kingsholm.
The promotion of Tonga international Vainikolo means his spot on the bench is filled by Fijian powerhouse Sireli Naqelevuki.
Exeter Chiefs: Dollman; Vainikolo, Whitten, Shoemark, Jess; Steenson, Lewis; Sturgess, Whitehead, Tui; Mumm (capt), Welch; Johnson, White, Ewers. Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Rimmer, Armand, Horstmann, Thomas, Slade, Naqelevuki.