Exeter Chiefs’ James Scaysbrook eyes historic play-off spot

James Scaysbrook admits it would be a huge step for Exeter Chiefs to reach the Premiership play-offs for the first time

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By Sportsbeat
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Exeter Chiefs back row James Scaysbrook in Aviva Premiership action

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James Scaysbrook knows what it’s like to reach a Twickenham final – and he admits it would be a huge step for Exeter Chiefs to reach the Aviva Premiership play-offs for the first time.

The 30-year-old back row was a late replacement when Bath were edged out by Wasps eight years ago, but having made the switch to Sandy Park he’s played a key role in the Chiefs’ charge to fifth in the table.

Exeter now lie just three points off the play-off places, but regardless of a home clash with fourth-placed Northampton just three weeks away, Scaysbrook insists the team cannot get carried away with their current position despite the lure of a Twickenham final on 26 May.

He said: “It would be amazing for the club to be involved in the play-offs or the final.

“We are really where we want to be at the moment but we need to keep up our current form to be in with a chance of making the play-offs. It would be brilliant to make that top four though.

“It shows how far the club has come that we are even being mentioned for the top four, but we have some very tough games coming up.

“The Stade Français match will be something different and a good one off, but in the league we still have to go to Worcester and Sarries, as well as the home game with Saints so it will not be easy.

“They are all very big games for us from now on.”

The Chiefs continued their good form with a first ever win over London Irish 18-11 at Sandy Park and Scaysbrook revealed that it’s all about making regular improvements for the Devon side.

He added: “We are trying to step up our performances from last month, and last year, and beating London Irish for the first time is part of that.

“Over the last couple of games we’ve played really well, but we want to keep up that momentum heading into the last few games of the season.”

If you buy a ticket for this year’s Aviva Premiership Final on 26 May you will receive a free rugby shirt. Go to www.premiershiprugby.com/freeshirt to buy yours

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