Reigning champions have more to give: White

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by Beth Newman

Former Wallabies halfback Nic white says there’s plenty more improvement in the reigning Premiership champions, Exeter, as the UK teams break for the Champions Cup.

White joined the Chiefs this season, after their maiden Premiership title, and though they’ve had some scares so far in 2017-18, they sit on top of the ladder ahead of the European interval.

The scrumhalf, speaking to after their 41-29 win over Bath, said he felt there was plenty of work still to be done.

“We're building week on week, we've been getting some good results but we haven't been all that happy with our performances,” he said.

“I still think there's a lot of room for improvement there and that's exciting times, we're getting results and there's still a lot of room for this team to grow.”

Jesse Mogg and Nic White added some European silverware to their cabinet. Photo: Getty ImagesWhite, who joined the Chiefs from Montpellier, is the latest in a swathe of Aussies to play at Exeter, along with Dave Dennis, Greg Holmes and Lachie Turner, with the recently retired Dean Mumm a former skipper of the club.

The 27-year-old said the atmosphere generated by the UK fans was something to behold, with teams playing in smaller stadiums than Australia, but generally in front of sold-out crowds.

It’s an element that has certainly spurred the Chiefs home in some tight situations this season.

“They’re smaller stadiums and they fill them out and once they get singing, it's pretty loud as you saw today and it's impressive,” White said.

“It's almost like a 16th man, and you grow an extra leg and I think that helped us out of the blocks today and we got off to a good start and hard to catch.”

White will take on his former Brumbies teammate Scott Fardy in the third pool round of the Champions Cup on Monday morning (AEDT).