Exeter’s Jacques Vermeulen promises his side will ‘fight like dogs’ as they aim to salvage their season by reaching the Premiership play-offs… after 2020 European winners were knocked out of the Champions Cup last week
- Exeter Rugby have vowed to ‘fight like dogs’ in the quest to salvage their season
- Rob Baxter’s side were knocked out of the Champions Cup by Munster last week
- And Jacques Vermeulen claimed they will thrive in adversity against Saracen
Exeter have promised to ‘fight like dogs’ as they begin the quest to salvage their season.
Having been knocked out of the Champions Cup last week, the 2020 European and Premiership champions are now in a battle to reach the domestic play-offs.
They are in a race for fourth place with Gloucester and Northampton, but No 8 Jacques Vermeulen believes they will thrive in adversity when they face Saracens on Sunday.
Exeter’s Jacques Vermeulen (centre) vowed his side will ‘fight like dogs’ to rescue their season
Exeter were knocked out of the European Champions Cup by Irish side Munster last week
‘People are seeing us as underdogs and we’ll embrace that,’ he said. ‘When teams play against us this season, they think they can beat us.
‘The underdog tag gives you more edge. You see underdogs coming out on top all around the world in boxing and UFC. We’ll fight like dogs.
‘We need to win every game to reach the semi-finals. Harlequins had to win their last game last season to get into the semi-final and it could be special.
And Rob Baxter’s side face Saracens on Saturday as they aim to reach the domestic play-offs
‘I believe in every guy in the squad and the coaches. It’s a massive mountain to climb and to reach the peak would be amazing.’
Exeter are facing a heavy injury list, including Sam Simmonds, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jack Nowell.
However, Vermeulen said: ‘We can take it easy or we can go for it. We’re going for it.’