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Chiefs build momentum

Exeter assistant coach Ali Hepher challenged the Chiefs to keep their run going after they recorded their third straight Aviva Premiership win with a 24-19 victory over Sale on a bitterly cold afternoon at Sandy Park.

Chris Budgen, Tom Johnson and Andrew Higgins all crossed over with Ryan Davis kicking nine points.

"We were pleased to get the win," said Hepher. "Obviously any Premiership game is hard fought but we probably made it a little harder than we should have done. But the boys are getting the points on the table though there is still have a long way to go this season."

He added: "We gave away a few silly penalties which cost us but otherwise we were in control of the game.

"We need to smarten up a little as we played a little too deep but we made that adjustment in the second half when we played a lot flatter which took away their line speed.

"When we carried hard we made great inroads and when we picked up from the base of rucks we looked dangerous. The disappointing thing was not getting the try-scoring bonus point.

"It shows how far we've come this season when we can be disappointed that we didn't get that bonus point win. We let Sale back in to the game as soon as we got a lead and if we can improve that then we'll be a difficult Premiership side.

"There's still lots to work on and we want to get that bonus-point win because that will be another stage for us. But we can't fault the guys' attitude or commitment week in week out, they just put it in and graft hard.

"We've now got three straight Premiership wins. We have got the momentum, the boys are enjoying it, but it is key that we keep that going in a tough game away to London Wasps."

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