Foster determined to prove his worth
Exeter Chiefs wing Mark Foster hopes another good performance in the LV= Cup today will lead to an Aviva Premiership starting place.
Foster was a Chiefs try-scorer in their 42-15 win at London Welsh last weekend and he retains his place in an unchanged backs division for this evening's home clash with Ospreys.
However, Nic Sestaret will play at centre alongside Sam Hill, Jack Nowell reverts to the wing and Myles Dorrian takes over at full-back.
Foster said: "Hopefully, going forward, I will get a few more opportunities to play. It can be frustrating. You would not have got to this level if you were not competitive.
"We went out against a side that was not much different to the Premiership team last week and we put in a big performance. If we can do the same again, we can start asking questions about selection for the return to the Premiership."
Chiefs have made three front-row changes. Props Luke Cowan-Dickie and Hoani Tui and hooker Jack Yeandle come in. On the bench, Aly Muldowney, Ian Whitten and Josh Tatupu are recalled, the latter for the first time since he broke his ankle in September.
RaboDirect Pro 12 side Ospreys will pose a different challenge to London Welsh last weekend. The variety of opposition in the LV= Cup will help the younger members of Chiefs' squad.
Foster said: "Anything Anglo-Welsh is always fairly physical and there can be a little bit of niggle in there. They have got a lot of internationals so it will be a fantastic chance for some of the young guys to play against different styles of play.
"It's all very well playing and training for A League games, but guys need top-end competition to stay match sharp.
"This competition is a fantastic opportunity for some of the senior players to get a really good run-out as well as some of the younger guys, who all want to put their hand up for first-team places.
"After the result last weekend, hopefully we've given some of the coaches a real selection headache. The guys want to push on again and give another big performance this weekend."
Foster was pleased to show try-scoring form last weekend but he was keen to give team-mate Hill credit for his work in the build-up.
"It is always nice to get on the scoreboard and I probably could have got a few more, if I'm honest," said Foster.
"Sam did a fantastic job coming down the short side with a fairly outrageous dummy and it was a standard try in the corner for me. It was a real team performance and the young guys are really exciting to play around."
With the remarkable progress Chiefs have made under the guidance of head coach Rob Baxter and assistant Aly Hepher, one or two might fancy the Devon men to have a good season in the Cup.
But even after winning the A League competition last season, Chiefs will not allow themselves to dream of lifting more silverware, too soon.
Foster said: "We're really keen as a squad to attack on all fronts. We can go out and field quality teams in the Premiership, in Europe and in the A League.
"Going forward after last week, the Cup is something we feel we want to do well in. But we're not club who sit down at the start of the season and talk about winning this and that. We take every game at a time, then reassess again. Hopefully, that will lead to some progress in this competition."
Exeter Chiefs: Dorrian; Nowell, Sestaret, Hill, Foster; Slade, Poluleuligaga (capt); Cowan-Dickie, Yeandle, Tui; Welch, Carrick-Smith; Blanchet, Conlon, Ewers. Replacements: Clark, Moon, Brown, Muldowney, Simmonds, Coote, Tatupu, Whitten.