Steenson relishing competition as Exeter Chiefs fly-half

Gareth Steenson
Steenson joined Exeter Chiefs from the Cornish Pirates in August 2008

Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson says he is ready to fight for his place in the Chiefs starting line-up this season.

Steenson was first choice stand-off last term, scoring 208 points, before losing his place to Argentine Ignacio Mieres in the final two games.

In addition Myles Dorrian, who joins from Bedford, also plays at 10.

"It's going to bring the best out of us all and you've got to perform the best every week if you want the jersey," Steenson told BBC Devon.

Steenson and Mieres both have formidable kicking abilities and the pair converted every shot at goal in the club's two pre-season games.

Steenson knows that his Argentine and Australian competition will be stiff after Mieres impressed in all his performances last season and Dorrian was one of the stand-out backs in the previous Championship campaign.

"The end of last season was tough, especially the last few games," Steenson said. "Ignacio came in and played really well in the last two games.

"So for me pre-season was all about coming back and getting a fresh start and getting back into things and working on little aspects of the game which I felt need to be done," he added.

The Chiefs face Celtic League side Scarlets at Sandy Park in their final pre-season match of the season on Saturday before the opening Premiership fixture away at Leicester.