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Aviva Premiership: Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson confident ahead of Harlequins clash

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 27/02/13 5:07pm

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Gareth Steenson: Pleased with the return to winning ways

Gareth Steenson: Pleased with the return to winning ways

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Gareth Steenson believes Exeter's win over London Welsh has given the Chiefs a timely lift ahead of their push for the Premiership play-offs.

The Chiefs had gone five games without a win before heaping more misery on the struggling Exiles with a 47-16 win at Sandy Park.

The result means Exeter remain in the hunt for a top-four finish, with the side currently eight points off the pace with six games to play.

And Exeter will now travel to table-topping Harlequins for Saturday's Sky Sports clash with renewed confidence.

"We are delighted to have got that win over London Welsh last time out. We have been happy with our game but we just haven't had the results."
Gareth Steenson

"We are delighted to have got that win over London Welsh last time out," Steenson told Sky Sports. "We have been happy with our game but we just haven't had the results.

"We were obviously disappointed against Saracens as we didn't really show up but against Sale, although we did win, the performance was there. We got over the line four times but dropped the ball three times.


"If you can win two games in a row you then put yourself in a good spot. Although we have had a bit of a blip we aren't too far off where we were last season."

Although Quins are the defending champions and enjoying a stellar campaign once again, the Chiefs proved they are not invincible.

In the reverse fixture back in October, Exeter ran out comfortable 42-28 winners at Sandy Park.

However the 28-year-old Steenson is expecting a tough encounter this time around.

"That game was a great result for us," he said. "To come away with five points was a fantastic achievement.

"They are a top side and we know that this will be a massive challenge, especially going to their place. They might be missing a few boys due to the internationals but they will still be strong."

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