Exeter Chiefs V Saints SF 25th May 19

Now, the Chiefs family have their sights set on a return to the nation’s capital for the Premiership’s end of season showpiece. Standing in the way of Dennis and his mates, however, are a Saints outfit – who despite being undone 40-21 just seven days ago – will arrive in Devon determined to play the role of party- poopers. Dennis is aware of the threat posed by the Saints and has warned nothing can be taken for granted ahead of kick-off. “The biggest thing we feels right now is excitement,” he added. “We’ve been fortunate to have had a few home semi- finals and finals in the last few years, but that doesn’t take away from how big this is for the club. To be able to play in front of our own fans is something the boys enjoy. As I said, we’ve been here the last few years and the atmosphere that gets created on semi-final day is like no other. “At the same time, it’s knockout rugby from here on in. This is the ultimate test for us in terms of how out season has been. We’ve done well up to this stage, but now we have to raise the bar to another level. “For this club, we all want to be involved in success and chasing those special occasions, this is another step towards that.” And having fallen at the final hurdle last season, Dennis says the hurt and anger of their Twickenham torment has helped drive the players onwards and upwards this season. “It’s a long challenging year and when you put so much energy and emotion into it all, to then get to the final not perform to the level we are capable of was probably the biggest frustration for all of us,” continued Dennis. “For this weekend, we know we have to put everything on the line, play the best rugby we can, and don’t leave anything out on the field. Northampton will be thinking exactly the same, so it’s up to us to rise to that challenge and get ourselves back to Twickenham.”



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