No fear for Chiefs
Exeter will return to their Sandy Park fortress on Saturday with Chiefs hooker Neil Clark declaring: "We don't fear anyone."
Clark and company have adapted superbly to life in the Aviva Premiership, beating west country neighbours Gloucester on their top-flight debut and then frightening the life out of champions Leicester at Welford Road before losing 37-27. Newcastle are next up, with Exeter looking to extend an unbeaten home record that stretches back to when Leinster A beat them in a British and Irish Cup tie last February.
"Newcastle, we know, will be another tough challenge for us and it's one we have to be totally ready for," said hooker Clark. "The positive thing about the boys at the moment is that we are in a great position. We're don't fear anyone, and it's a case of 'bring it on'."
He added: "We had a great start against Gloucester in our first home game, so now we have to try and follow that up with a performance which is at least equal to that, but ideally even better, because you have to make the most of your home games.
"Playing in the Premiership is like a dream come true for all of us, but at the same time we've all worked so hard to get to this stage.
"Now, we have just got to take this opportunity and not waste it."