No let up for Steenson
Exeter fly-half admits that Chiefs can no longer rely on surprise
Last Updated: 20/06/11 1:12pm
Steenson: Thinks that experience will improve Chiefs
Gareth Steenson admits that Exeter will not enjoy the same element of surprise during their second season in the Aviva Premiership.
The Chiefs confounded expectations to finish eighth in their first campaign in the top-flight, comfortably avoiding the relegation battle.
Rob Baxter's side compiled a total of 11 victories, with fly-half Steenson being influential in a number of those as he finished the season as Exeter's top points-scorer in all competitions.
The Irishman thinks the year of experience will serve the Chiefs well but also knows that the competition will not be underestimating them this time around.
"We won't be a surprise package, but I think it works both ways," he said.
"Whereas we went into last season not knowing what to expect, although a few of the fellows had a bit of previous experience, by and large we learnt quite a bit from last season.
"This season we will have that year's experience under our belts, so we're only going to get better for that. Hopefully we can perform well and establish ourselves again."
Steenson was forced to miss two months of the campaign with a knee ligament injury but insists that the time on the sidelines did not put a damper on his season.
"If I look at it personally, I was delighted with how the season went," the 27-year-old said.
"I had a really good start to the season but then the injury came along. I had to dig deep and try and get myself back into shape but thankfully I did that and had a good few weeks and finished the season very well.
"From a team perspective, to finish in eighth place in our first year was a pretty special season when you look back on it.
"We have been quite lucky in the fact that the last couple of seasons have been good. Now we looked forward to the new campaign."