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- Aviva Premiership
- 6th Oct 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Sandy Park
- Att: 8,472
Exeter v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership match preview
Exeter boss Rob Baxter has made a number of changes for the visit of reigning champion Harlequins today.
Chris Whitehead, Tom Hayes and James Scaysbrook have all been rested with Simon Alcott, Dean Mumm and Ben White deputising in the pack.
Behind the scrum Gareth Steenson takes over in the number 10 jersey from Ignacio Mieres and Phil Dollman is given the nod ahead of Sireli Naqelevuki in the midfield.
On the bench, Neil Clark appears for the first time this season, whilst Academy product Dave Ewers has also been called up following some notable performances for the Braves.
Quins have made two changes to their starting line-up following last week's loss to Saracens with Karl Dickson starting at scrum-half ahead of Danny Care.
In the forwards, Mark Lambert makes his first start of the season, at loose head, with Joe Marler covering from the bench.
Exeter: 15 L Arscott, 14 I Whitten, 13 P Dollman, 12 J Shoemark, 11 M Jess, 10 G Steenson, 9 H Thomas, 8 R Baxter (c), 7 B White, 6 T Johnson, 5 J Hanks, 4 D Mumm, 3 C Rimmer, 2 S Alcott, 1 B Sturgess. Replacements: 16 N Clark, 17 B Moon, 18 C Budgen, 19 A Muldowney, 20 D Ewers, 21 W Chudley, 22 I Mieres, 23 S Naqelevuki.
Harlequins: 15 M Brown, 14 S Stegmann, 13 M Hopper, 12 J Turner-Hall, 11 U Monye, 10 N Evans, 9 K Dickson, 8 N Easter, 7 C Robshaw (c) 6 T Guest, 5 G Robson, 4 O Kohn, 3 J Johnston, 2 J Gray, 1 M Lambert. Replacements: 16 R Buchanan, 17 J Marler, 18 W Collier, 19 C Matthews, 20 M Fa'asavalu, 21 D Care, 22 R Clegg, 23 O Lindsay-Hague.
What they said...
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter
"We know they are a very good side, who have developed a swagger about themselves and who are confident.
"They're confident in the way they play and they've developed all areas of their game. They are certainly exciting across the board and they play high tempo rugby, which is backed up with a good set-piece, so that is what makes them dangerous.
"To compete against them you have to be on top of your game right across the pitch, and that means defensively you've got to be very sound and switched-on."
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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