LV=Cup: Exeter forwards coach Rob Hunter praises win over Harlequins
Last Updated: 09/11/13 9:05pm
Conor O'Shea: Looked to the positives
Exeter forwards coach Rob Hunter praised his side's convincing performance after they began their LV= Cup campaign with a 19-5 victory over defending champions Harlequins.
The Chiefs have extra reason to do well in the competition, with this year's final being staged at their Sandy Park home.
Debutant Ceri Sweeney was in fine fettle, kicking four penalties and a conversion from Sireli Naqelevuki, to leave Hunter in positive mood after he and skills coach Ricky Pellow took charge of the team.
"It was an excellent way to start the LV= Cup," said Hunter.
"It was a really good performance, tough as well, and that has been the feature of our game over the past couple of weeks that we have defended quite well.
"It was good to see some of the young lads back on the pitch plus a number of guys back from injury.
"I thought that Quins came and really attacked us with their backs being electric every time they got the ball, so it really tested us.
"I think that you have to take your hat off to Ceri, who has been a great guy since he joined the club. He has been a brilliant guy around the squad and he led the team really well and played well too.
"We had a lot of guys who were playing their first rugby for a while so it took time to come together but we started to put some phases together, keep good pressure and we have some exciting players here.
"It is key that we enjoy this for the next few days and then crack on in to Bath as we are all really excited to get to that next Sunday."
Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea was keen to put a positive spin on the defeat, insisting it was a good experience for some of his younger players.
"A lot of young guys will have learnt well from this game because this (Sandy Park) is a tough place to come and the atmosphere was cracking for the first round of the competition," he said.
"We just gave them too much ball and played in the wrong half but that is all part of trying to develop and learn. We made too many errors in the first half but any time that we held the ball we looked threatening.
"Their defence was excellent - they are a good side - but we were too inaccurate and we didn't hold on to the ball enough.
"This is a strange competition because we are not out of it so we have to do a job on Friday night at home to Sale Sharks."
But O'Shea was less than enamoured by Luke Arcott's tackle on fellow full-back Charlie Walker that denied the England U20 player after he found himself with a two on one situation.
"Nothing was being given (by either side) in the first half but I thought that tackle was disgraceful," he added.
"I would need to look back at the incident, but there was no arms, it was late but nothing was picked-up."