Jack Yeandle wants repeat against Harlequins
JACK Yeandle says Exeter Chiefs' players will be looking to back up their home win against Harlequins by beating the champions in their own backyard this weekend.
The Sandy Park outfit overcame the Londoners 42-28 in October but have never won at The Stoop in three previous visits.
Having got back to winning ways with a 47-16 success against London Welsh last weekend – when Yeandle crowned his first Premiership start with a try – the former Crediton hooker hopes they can carry on their good form.
"It's great to go and test ourselves after a win," said the 23-year-old. "It's a good run-up into it with the big win, and what better place to go and test yourself than away at the champions?
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"We've proved what we can do against them, it's a case of backing it up. With the week off after, we've got to go in and go hard and give it our all. Hopefully we can come away with the win."
Yeandle had to bide his time for a chance after his switch from Doncaster last summer.
However, after six cup appearances and three off the bench in the league, he was handed his maiden Premiership start against the Exiles.
Now Yeandle is keen to hang onto the No. 2 jersey, although he knows he faces stiff competition from Neil Clark, as well as Chris Whitehead and Simon Alcott as they work their way back from injuries.
"I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself, just take it a step at a time and just keep working hard and keep pushing along," he said.
"The long-term goal is to keep the jersey but I've got to keep working hard individually and within the unit and see how it goes.
"With Chrissy coming back, Si is not far off and Clarky in the mix, I've got to take each step as it comes."
Yeandle scored the only try of the first half, with Tom Hayes, Damian Welch, Sireli Naqelevuki and Jack Nowell crossing after the break. Gareth Steenson also plundered 22 points.
After going five league games without a win, the former UWIC front-rower was pleased to notch the five points and also bag his first try for the club in the process.
He said: "It's great to turn the losses into wins. The scoreline was a lovely finish to the game and getting five points was pretty important.
"We said in our team reviews that it was very similar to the Sale game (a 21-16 loss) but this time we were a lot more clinical and finished our chances.
"I don't always score so it was nice to make a 10cm dive over the line and it was great to get the start."
Head coach Rob Baxter was pleased with how Yeandle came through the game against London Welsh.
However, he added that the challenge now was for the hooker to repeat that level of performance week in, week out.
"The key for him now is to follow it up," said Baxter. "That's the issue with everybody who comes in for their first Premiership start.
"You're going to be very excited about it, you're going to be very focused, but you have to follow it up because the good players are consistent and can do that over and over."
Chiefs winger Mark Foster has joined Championship outfit Jersey on loan until the end of the season.
Baxter said: "A bit like the deal with Myles Dorrian going back to Bedford recently, we have guys within the current squad who haven't played a huge amount for us this season, but at the same time are still wanting to play rugby.
"I am a big believer that rugby players want to play rugby as much as they can, so Fozzie's gone with our blessing until the end of the season, but should we need him we will be able to get him back."
London Welsh have been charged with fielding an ineligible player in several Aviva Premiership matches.