Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Baxter hails Exeter display

Rob Baxter's Exeter were too strong for Harlequins

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has urged his players to continue the momentum gained from their 42-28 victory over Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins at Sandy Park in the Chiefs' first taste of the Heineken Cup next weekend.

The home side outscored Quins five tries to three with two touchdowns from Jason Shoemark plus one each from Brett Sturgess, Ben White and Sireli Naqelevuki, with Gareth Steenson adding four conversions and three penalties.

"We will approach Leinster in a similar manner as we did Harlequins," said Baxter. "We are a good side when we play. I want the players to go there and enjoy the experience the full 80 minutes."

He added: "This was a fantastic game of rugby and, it's easy to say when you are on the winning end, it would have been a great game whichever way the last 10 or 15 minutes had gone. There were two sides really trying to play rugby."

The visitors replied with tries from Nick Evans, Ugo Monye and Karl Dickson. Evans added a conversion and two penalties, with his replacement Rory Clegg landing a conversion and a penalty.

Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea, whose side next host Biarritz at the Twickenham Stoop in the Heineken Cup, said: "We were rubbish, we were really poor.

"All the credit goes to Exeter for the way they played and we probably should have been beaten by a lot more. It's not terminal, far from it, as we have 20 points after six games.

"You don't mind coming and losing here because it is a tough place to come at the best of times. But we just got beaten up at the contact area, we lost all the collisions from minute one and it was a miracle that we were in the game for as long as we were."

He continued: "So this will be taken on the chin and the reaction will start next week. I don't care about results, and I said it at half-time, I care about performance and today our levels of performance were not right."

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