Turner-Hall driven by memories of Sandy Park loss
HARLEQUINS' Jordan Turner-Hall admits the memories of his last battle with Exeter Chiefs still live with him as he bids to banish the nightmares this weekend.
The date October 6 is etched into Turner-Hall's mind as he played the full 80 minutes as the Chiefs taught the reigning Aviva Premiership champions a lesson with a 42-28 success.
In fact centre Turner-Hall and Quins have never really enjoyed their visits to Sandy Park, losing 20-6 in Exeter's maiden Premiership season before only narrowly winning 11-9 last term.
And although games at the Stoop have been a different story, the long trips west have stuck with Turner-Hall.
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In fact, the Chiefs left such an impression on the 25-year-old that he finds it hard to pin-point a weakness in their game as they head to the capital.
"I would not say it is a surprise how well Exeter are doing, they have a great ethos down there, the way they work for each other you can see that when you play them," he said.
"They are very street-wise and very clever as well as being physical and tough, they have everything.
"There is never an easy game there is always a different challenge ahead of you. But they are definitely one of the toughest teams we have played this year – they really gave us a good work over."
Turner-Hall and his team are battling on three fronts as they have a Heineken Cup quarter-final looming with Munster as well as an LV= Cup semi-final clash against Bath.
But despite Quins facing a hectic schedule in the coming weeks, Turner-Hall insists the old adage of taking it one game at a time is very much the motto of the moment within the club.
"We don't want to look too far ahead of us, every game has the potential to be a bit of a banana skin," he added.
"Our mindset is about performance that's what it is all about rather than the end result, we are just looking to improve from last week and tune up a few things. As well as looking to build on the momentum we have at the moment, obviously we didn't like losing (against Wasps) but we're going in the right direction now, looking to kick on."
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