Jack Nowell insists Exeter won't be overawed by the occasion
The England wing admits the Chiefs froze 12 months ago against Saracens in their first Premiership final but believes the low-key response to exacting their revenge over the champions in last weekend’s semi-final showed they mean business this time.
The job is only half done for a side unbeaten in their last 16 matches – and they intend to finish it this afternoon.
“Last year we were over the moon to be there. Maybe we let the stadium and the fact that we were in a Premiership final for the first time get the better of us,” said Nowell.
“We came in at half time 23-6 down and that’s quite hard to come back from. We showed what we are about as a team to come back and win the second half but we came up just short at the end.
Exeter were beaten to the trophy by Saracens last year
“You can see this season how much it has meant to us to get back up there again.
“We know what Wasps are going to bring – they are a very dangerous team with the ball in hand – but at the end of the day it is about us.”
Nowell flies out to New Zealand with the Lions on Monday but there is no question of holding back at Twickenham.
“The most important thing for me at the moment is what I do in an Exeter shirt and the next step for us is the final,” he said.
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“The weather is meant to be 27 degrees and with two teams that like to throw the ball around, I think it’s going to be an exciting one.”
What with his native Cornwall being in the county championship final and Exeter City being in League Two play-off final tomorrow, the south-west is decamping en masse to London this weekend.
The Chiefs contingent will ensure the distinctive Tomahawk Chop battle cry will be ringing around Twickenham.
“We are representing a lot of people. They enjoy rugby as much as we do and we really want to make those people proud and make sure they have a good day,” said Nowell. “I think it’s going to be a bit of a mental weekend.”
**** John Barclay will captain the Scarlets in this evening’s Pro12 final with Munster in Dublin Lions hooker Ken Owens ruled out with an ankle injury.