had spoken ahead of time about their ambition to emulate the Saracens and Exeter
Chiefs and become the next powerhouse in English rugby. In their second season only in the Gallagher Premiership and armed with some of the most exciting rugby players in the world, the Bears have the ambition to win the title.
What unfolded in a stormy and entertaining 80 minutes at Ashton
Gate suggested that Exeter’s Second Cord had launched the M5 International dog day:
, which was determined to give its ambitious rivals a reality check to send a message that it ‘was more than the deep pockets and the signs of the zodiac must build a title campaign.