Exeter Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson stressed that the English club are still in contention for the Heineken Champions Cup, despite being at the bottom of Pool 2 after two rounds.
The Chiefs suffered their worst defeat of the season when they went down 29-25 at Castres Olympique in Round 2, only a week after being held to a 10-10 home draw by Munster Rugby in Round 1. They are now four points behind leaders Munster.
The game started well with Santiago Cordero scoring the first goal only 10 minutes into the opening and Matt Kvesic doubling their lead 5 minutes later. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the yellow card that was given to Henry Slade in the closing stages of the game made it difficult for them to make a comeback, causing them to lose the match to Castres.
However, Gareth Steenson insisted on the club’s website: “We’re still very much in the competition. There are four games to go, 20 points to be won, so in a way it has kind of made things a lot simpler for us.
“Yes, we’re bitterly disappointed to have lost this game [at Castres], especially given the start we had, but now we know we have to go and win these last four games to give ourselves any kind of chance to qualify.”
The Chiefs’ next European outing is against Gallagher Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park on December 8.