Chiefs show their spirit with comeback - Steenson

Gareth Steenson
Steenson did not miss a kick against Newport Gwent Dragons

Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson says their late comeback at Newport Gwent Dragons shows the spirit that is in the squad at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs needed a late try from James Phillips to help them overcome a 10-point deficit as they won 23-19.

The win puts Exeter joint-top of their Amlin Challenge Cup group.

"I think that just shows the spirit that we've got in the squad, that we've got this attitude that we play 100% and for 80 minutes," Steenson said.

"We had a full 80 minute performance today and we came away with a win.

"We never know when we're beaten - it's a great quality to have and it's stood us in great stead," he added to BBC Radio Devon.

Steenson said that the Chiefs were always confident that they would be able to win against the Dragons, even when they were 16-6 down at half-time.

The Irishman was a second-half replacement for Ignacio Mieres and kicked seven points as he converted both of Exeter's tries.

"It was all about building pressure, we always felt [we had a chance] if we could get the first score and get close and keep building and it paid off.

"We talked about coming here and backing up the performance we had last week.

"What we wanted to take out of these two games was to leave us with the opportunity to maybe win the group," he added.

Exeter are level on points with Perpignan at the top of pool four, and next face a trip to the group's bottom side Cavalieri Prato on 14 January.

They then host the table-topping French side the following week in what increasingly seems like the deciding game for top spot in the pool.

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