Victory puts Ben over the Moon

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:49
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Prop Ben Moon said last Saturday's 16-3 victory over Newcastle Falcons has given the Exeter Chiefs the ideal lift heading into this weekend's crunch Premiership encounter with Harlequins.

Prop Ben Moon said last Saturday's 16-3 victory over Newcastle Falcons has given the Exeter Chiefs the ideal lift heading into this weekend's crunch Premiership encounter with Harlequins.

After a run of five successive league and cup defeats, the Chiefs rediscovered their winning touch thanks to a Haydn Thomas try and 11 points from the boot of leading points-scorer Gareth Steenson.

The victory - Exeter's sixth in the top flight this season - helped Rob Baxter's side rise to fifth in the standings, just a point adrift of Harlequins, who provide the latest hurdle for the Devon club to overcome.

A capacity crowd of 80,000 is expected to descend on Twickenham Stadium for Saturday's 'Big Game 6' and Moon said the Chiefs will travel in confidence after seeing off the Falcons.

"We said before the game that we needed to get a victory," said Moon, who claimed the man of the match award on his 100th appearance for the Chiefs. "Whether it was pretty or not, we didn't really care too much. The most important thing was the four points and that's what we got.

"The boys have been playing well recently, but we've come up short in a few games, so it was a bit of a sweetener to get those points."

And having tackled the likes of Bath, Saracens, Toulon and Newcastle in recent weeks, Moon said the relentless on-field challenges continue with Harlequins next up.

"It was only a few years ago that we were playing the likes of Doncaster, yet now we're playing the likes of Toulon," explained Moon. "Sometimes it is a pinch yourself moment to think how far we have come, but we're all enjoying every minute of it.

"It's been another big year for the club and as players we're loving being part of it all. We've got Harlequins this weekend and we know that will be another big test for us. They're a great side and a team who like to attack you from all over. We know we have to be on top of our game and ready to stop them from minute one."

Certainly the inward pressure being applied amongst the Chiefs squad as a whole is helping to keep standards high in the Exeter camp as the season hits the halfway point.

"Everyone is working very hard," added Moon. "Everyone wants to start and be playing games, so we're all driving each other in every position. Having that battle for places is bringing the best out of all of us, so that can only be a good thing in the long run."
Mark Stevens

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Fri, 24 February 2017
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
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Fri, 24 February 2017
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
Sale Sharks v Wasps 34 | 28
Sat, 18 February 2017
Connacht v Dragons 14 | 9
Ospreys v Munster 23 | 25
Leicester Tigers v Bristol 50 | 17
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Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 15 11 1 3 55
Saracens 15 10 1 4 49
Exeter Chiefs 15 8 3 4 49
Bath 15 10 0 5 47
Leicester Tigers 15 9 0 6 43
Harlequins 15 8 0 7 37
Newcastle Falcons 15 7 0 8 36
Northampton Saints 15 7 0 8 35
Gloucester 15 5 2 8 34
Sale Sharks 15 5 1 9 29
Worcester Warriors 15 3 2 10 19
Bristol 15 2 0 13 13