Exeter Chiefs determined to reach Champions Cup final - Jack Nowell

Jack Nowell has been with Exeter Chiefs since 2012
Jack Nowell has been with Exeter Chiefs since 2012
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Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell said the club is determined to win the European Champions Cup for the first time after stupendous run this season.

The Chiefs' highest position in the European competition came in 2016 when they made a quarter-final appearance against Wasps and now are a game away from reaching the final as they face Toulon in the semi-final at Sandy Park on Saturday.

"We obviously don't want to get too ahead of ourselves, but it's something we really want," said Nowell to the official website of the club.

"We have been working extremely hard, and now is the time to start enjoying these big games. We've got a lot of experience over the last few years of playing in them.

"It's cool being in the Premiership, but we want to start winning stuff playing in these big games. We want to be in European quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals."

Rob Baxter's men reached the final in the last four seasons of Premiership where they lost to Saracens three times but went on to win the maiden title in the 2016/17 season. Even in the ongoing season, they are at the top of the table and have already sealed a play-off spot.

"If you had said to me back then – 17 and still at college – that I would be in a European Cup semi-final at Sandy Park against Toulouse, it would have been surreal," he added.

"We've always let ourselves down in this competition. You need to win every game, you can't rely on other people and you can't rely on other results to go your way.

"That's what we have done well this season. We haven't actually changed anything in terms of our mentality and how we attack the games. Results have gone our way a little bit."

 

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