VIDEO: Phil Dollman wary of Worcester Warriors threats
Phil Dollman is determined to ensure Exeter Chiefs avoid becoming Worcester Warriors’ first victims in the Premiership this season.
The Warriors travel to Sandy Park on Saturday still looking for their first top-flight win of the current campaign.
But although Chiefs’ form is comparatively strong, versatile back Dollman insists the league’s bottom club will be dangerous opponents this weekend.
Asked if some Chiefs supporters might expect a straightforward victory for their side, Dollman said: “The fans might think that and they might be looking forward to seeing some good rugby, but we’ve got to concentrate on our game and attack it.
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“We need to be as good as we can be to beat a really good, strong side in Worcester.
“I am surprised at how they have started the season. We know it is a tough league and you have really got to work hard for every win.
“They might have been unlucky in some games so far this season but we don’t want to be the side they get their first win against.
“We have got to get on top and get as good of a result as we can.”
Chiefs won their two games prior to Sunday’s defeat at Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Cup. Their performances against Gloucester in the Premiership and then Cardiff Blues in the Cup were by far their best so far this season.
However, Dollman says their narrow defeat in Scotland has done little to dent their confidence. He expects a return to top form again this weekend in front of their own supporters.
“It was two tough tests from week to week in the Heineken Cup,” said Dollman. “We have got to be on our mettle again and hopefully we’ll get a better result this weekend in the Premiership.
“I wouldn’t say it is a difficult switch from the Heineken Cup to the Premiership, we just have to pick up on everything we’ve learned from the Cup and take that into the Premiership seamlessly.
“I don’t think we’ve lost any momentum. The time playing Cup rugby was fairly short and we’re still playing good rugby.
“It was a tough test up at Glasgow, not many teams go up there and get the win. We take a lot of positives from it and the weeks before.”
Dollman has found himself playing more frequently at full-back this season, as opposed to centre, as Luke Arscott continues his return from injury.
“I’m happy with the way it is going,” said Dollman. “I just want to improve week to week and, whatever the conditions, I will be looking to attack the game whenever I can.”