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Pellow relishing chance for Chiefs to redress the balance against Bath

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow: 'We have talked about being physical, carrying the ball hard and putting intensity into our line speed' Picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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After five tough games without a win, Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow hopes to lift morale with another thrilling performance in the LV= Cup this weekend.

The Chiefs have not won, in any competition, since beating Scarlets in the Heineken Cup on December 15, as the results failed to live up to their performances.

However, Pellow is once again taking a more prominent role this weekend with the resumption of the LV= Cup at Bath tomorrow and he hopes his men can replicate their victories over London Welsh and Ospreys earlier in the season.

Pellow said: "We have talked about the foundations of those two games and what got us those performances and results. We have talked about being physical, carrying the ball hard and putting intensity into our line speed.

"If we can do that with the mixture of younger and older guys, it will be a great game and a good stepping stone for the younger players as well as the senior guys.

"It definitely bodes well for the future. Everyone saw the performance at London Welsh and the Ospreys and we've gone for that same kind of blend with the squad again. It gives another opportunity for the Academy guys to come in and hold their hands up."

The Chiefs have yet to beat Bath in any competition since promotion to the Aviva Premiership in 2010.

Skills coach Pellow said: "It has been a really exciting week dropping back into the LV= Cup and working with a different group of players.

"It has been a really focused week and the guys have put a lot of intensity into training. We've got a massive opportunity as a club to go up to Bath and put in a really good performance and earn that first win against Bath in any competition.

"That will be a really exciting challenge for the guys. If we can bring a lot of intensity to the game on Saturday, it will be a really good game."

Of course, Pellow has been fully involved in guiding Chiefs through their first season in the Heineken Cup. That journey came to an end last weekend with a 29-20 defeat at home to Leinster, following on from their away loss to Clermont.

He said: "We have taken some things that we have seen in those games and will use them in this block of games. It has been a massive learning curve for everyone in the Heineken Cup and we will take everything we've learned into the LV= Cup.

"If we can just tweak around one or two of the things we have worked on this week, it will aid our performance. It will be about intensity for us this weekend, stopping their big runners and then we have to be really energetic and enthusiastic, playing with the ball in hand."

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