Joe Simmonds: Exeter Chiefs fly-half admits ‘I’ve most likely let myself down’
Exeter’s Joe Simmonds says he needs to maneuver on from some poor seasons.
Simmonds, 25, captained the Chiefs to a Premiership and European double in 2020, however noticed Exeter end a disappointing seventh final season.
“Up to now couple of years I’ve most likely let myself down just a little bit with how I have been performing,” Simmonds advised BBC Sport.
“I type of simply need to put no matter I’ve carried out behind me and simply transfer on and turn into this new participant.”
With accidents to Stuart Hogg and Josh Hodge, Simmonds has began at full-back within the opening two league video games this season – a place the fly-half performed simply as soon as all final time period.
However a strive at Worcester final week and an assured efficiency in opposition to Leicester – bar a mistake early within the second half which led to a strive – drew reward from his coaches as a re-invigorated Exeter facet look to have re-captured the shape that took them to 6 consecutive Premiership finals.
Simmonds was the main target for a lot of Exeter’s profitable finish to the Covid-19 delayed season in 2020.
His faultless kicking noticed his facet beat Wasps for the home title, whereas his late penalty ensured victory over Racing 92 in a European remaining that additionally earned him an MBE.
However that success affected Simmonds, the youthful brother of England ahead Sam, within the weeks and months after the victories.
“I most likely put an excessive amount of stress on myself coming off the again of that,” he stated.
“I feel it is type of regular, you most likely would get that stress, however wanting again on it, it most likely hindered me just a little bit.
“However for me, now I am simply having fun with my rugby. I have been enjoying rugby from such a younger age, it is simply sport and I’ve simply received to carry out week in, week out. I try to simply get pleasure from my rugby now greater than fear about issues.”
The latest short-term transfer to full-back has allowed Simmonds to indicate off his abilities with the ball in hand – as displayed by his strive early in opposition to Worcester on Sunday.
“I’ve performed a number of instances there in the previous few years, however I am having fun with it, I am getting the ball within the palms just a little bit extra in house,” he added.
“We have modified it round a bit with how we assault at Exeter, we had an extended pre-season with plenty of altering.
“So for me, if I play at 10 or full-back, it is very related positions we get into, and no matter place I get put into I try to do my finest, however I do really feel like this new form helps my sport in the intervening time.”