Exeter Chiefs will need to repeat superb display against Harlequins to beat Leinster, says fly-half Gareth Steenson
Exeter Chiefs' 50th Premiership performance was arguably their greatest, and fly-half Gareth Steenson says his side will need to repeat their Harlequins-beating form to stand a chance this weekend.
Steenson made his first start of the Aviva Premiership season in a 42-28 victory over champions Quins.
His side will need to perform just as well, if they are to taste success in their first-ever Heineken Cup game, against Leinster at the RDS Arena tomorrow.
"For us, it is just a matter of going out there and, hopefully, if we can get the performance that we're looking to achieve – like the one we produced against Quins – we'll be in with a shout," said Steenson.
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"We're obviously delighted with how things went last week and it is something we've worked really hard on.
"To get a game of that magnitude and play the way we did in a full-on XV man performance was fantastic.
"Right through to the 23, the boys stepped up and that is something we are really going to have to bring again this week if we are to get anything."
Steenson expects a memorable occasion in Dublin. Leinster are struggling with injuries after their own 30-21 victory over Munster last weekend.
Steenson said: "They are the champions, whatever way you look at it, and are obviously a top-quality side with internationals and British Lions right the way through.
"Whenever you get the opportunity to play in the Heineken Cup, it is going to be a special occasion.
"Playing the champions in their home town is going to be a special day.
"For us, last week was last week and if we don't back up that performance, we could be in for a long old day in Dublin."
Steenson said it will be particularly poignant for long-serving Chiefs who still remember battling their way out of the Championship in 2010.
"It seems like a while ago now but all those experiences have stood us in good stead," he said. "To go to those places has really grounded us.
"We've had this culture in the squad for four or five years and now to be playing the top clubs makes it a great occasion – not just for us, for the supporters as well.
"I'm delighted for the players who played in the Championship year, the culture is still there and we've always said we wanted to test ourselves and experience these big days."
The Chiefs' attacking performances, particularly at home this term, have earned praise and Steenson is keen for the Devon side to continue playing an expansive game.
He said: "We were very attacking last week and I think that is the way you have to look to play. That is the style we have been looking to use over the past 18 months.
"We have been working very hard on our game and it was nice to see it really happening last week.
"That is something we are going to have to try and nail down, what with the weather conditions coming in with winter time. Hopefully, we can still continue with that."
Northern Irishman Steenson, who was born in Dungannon, is looking forward to seeing some friendly faces in the crowd this weekend.
"It's great for them because a lot of my family don't get to see the Chiefs live and it is only an hour and a half down the road for them.
"They are really looking forward to it and hopefully we can put in a decent performance, be proud of it and better for the experience."