Exeter head into the unknown

  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 8:33 GMT

Gareth Steenson admits that Exeter face a journey into the unknown when they tackle Aviva Premiership rivals Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Gareth Steenson: Not sure what to expect
Gareth Steenson: Not sure what to expect

It will be the first Premiership fixture played on Saracens' new 4G artificial surface.

Saracens staged a test event there last month - an LV= Cup clash against Cardiff Blues - but now they are set for Premiership business and a game, if they win, that would fleetingly take them top prior to leaders Leicester visiting second-placed Harlequins.

"I haven't a clue what the surface at Saracens is going to be like, but it is made to provide an entertaining, running game," Exeter fly-half Steenson said.

"It is going to be a big challenge going up there."

Exeter, currently seventh in the table, were undone by bottom club Sale Sharks last time out after delivering a performance that fell away badly during the second period.

"You saw 40 minutes of good rugby from us, and then 40 minutes of, basically, destructive rugby. There is no other way I can put it," Steenson added.

"It is very disappointing how we played that second half.

"We talked at half-time about doing specific things, and we went out and did the exact opposite. Credit to Sale, they came out and threw everything at us, but I think we just didn't perform in that second half."

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