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Steenson sets sights on the big prizes, home and abroad


By Andrew Baldock

Exeter captain Gareth Steenson says the Chiefs have no intention of resting on their laurels as reigning Aviva Premiership champions this season.

Barely three months after Ulsterman Steenson and company stung Wasps at Twickenham to land a first Premiership title, the hard work begins again with a west country derby opener against Gloucester.

And Steenson has underlined Exeter's desire to kick on, not only in the domestic arena, but also on rugby's major European stage, where he admits there is an expectation on Chiefs following their stunning Premiership title triumph.

"Cementing ourselves as a top four (Premiership) side has got to be the bread and butter," Steenson said.

"But we also realise what will be expected of us in Europe as Premiership champions. We have got to try and look to get out of the group and get ourselves in the knockout stages.

"We've got the squad, and it is a lovely challenge to have. There is no such thing as an easy game in the Premiership. If you play well and perform on the day, you lose."

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