Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Baxter looking to the future

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Exeter coach Rob Baxter took satisfaction from a job well done after a 10th Aviva Premiership win of the season saw his side leapfrog Wasps and finish eighth.

Sandy Park's biggest crowd of the season - 10,522 - watched a typical end-of-season display that was littered with basic errors in the first half. Christian Wade's try put Wasps into an early lead, before the boot of Ignacio Mieres turned things around for the Chiefs, who took control in the second half through tried from Tom Johnson and Matt Jess.

"It was a nice way to round the season off," said the Chiefs' head coach Rob Baxter. "It was great reward for our fans that came to see this end-of-season game and a good reward for the players who have put in the hard work that they have put in with an eighth-place finish."

He added: "We never set out with any targets at the start of the season but you have to take an eighth place finish with both hands in your first season in the Premiership but I am more pleased with the level of our performances.

"That will put us in good stead for next season because we are a side that can weather a bit of pressure.

"But we had a couple of guys who stood up, we had a couple of good turn-over tackles made at crucial times."

Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards said: "I thought we played excellently in the first half creating line break after line break but unfortunately you don't get points for that and then we were on the wrong end of the penalty count.

"It was a landslide really - 18 to six as regards us getting on the wrong side of the referee. Add to that our opponents only gave away six penalties and turned the ball over six times.

"You are looking at them playing a very high standard, low error rates all game and to beat that team we would have had to keep creating the sort of chances that we did in the first half.

"But in the second half we fell apart and they were definitely the dominant side after the break. I thought some of our younger players were our better players, if I am totally honest."

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