Whitten sure Chiefs will learn from loss
Exeter centre Ian Whitten says the Chiefs need to turn up right from kick-off if they are to get back to winning ways with victory over Wasps at Sandy Park on Saturday.
The Devon outfit paid for a poor first-half display last weekend as they were crushed 38-11 by Northampton Saints in their opening Premiership fixture of the season at Franklin's Gardens.
Now Exeter can look forward to experiencing home comforts again, but Wasps will be feeling sore after being denied an opening-day victory over Harlequins in the double-header at Twickenham when new signing Andy Goode saw his conversion attempt with the last kick of the match come back off an upright, and they lost 16-15.
"We didn't match Northampton's intensity in the first half, and we have got to learn that we need to turn up at the start when we go to places like that," said Whitten, who joined the chiefs from Ulster last summer.
"If you don't turn up and you let teams get a bit of momentum against you, it is very, very hard to reverse what's going on.
"If you are only just slightly off your game in the Premiership, you will get beaten.
"There is no easy opposition, and you need to turn up every week and be massively switched on to everything.
"This week we will be at home in front of our own crowd and we really need to turn in a performance and get back on track. The home atmosphere always gives us that wee bit extra, and we will probably need it.
"We need a big win to get our confidence up and get back into the swing of things, because last Saturday was a bit disappointing."
Exeter trailed 31-6 at half-time but played a part in some of their rivals' scores by making mistakes that their opponents ruthlessly capitalised on.
"Defensively there were a couple of issues for us to look at. We gifted them a couple of soft tries, and the game got away from us a wee bit in the first half," explained the 26-year-old, who was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
"In the second half, we improved a wee bit and we can take a few positives out of that. "We created things on their five-metre line a good number of times, but we just didn't convert."
He added: "We are trying a couple of new things this season, but system-wise, we let ourselves down a couple of times, and paid the price for it.
"They got off to a bit of a flying start, they had a couple of penalties they kicked to the corner, and they are very good coming away with points when they get into the corner.
"We didn't really stick to what we wanted to do in the first half, and they scored points, and we didn't really turn the tide until we got a talking to at half-time, and we started again in the second half and did a bit better."
Whitten partnered Jason Shoemark in midfield against the Saints, with Sireli Naqelevuki ruled out by a knee problem and Phil Dollman required at full-back to deputise for broken finger victim Luke Arscott, though the Irishman can also play on the wing. It was his 17th Premiership appearance for the club.