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Rob Baxter happy as Exeter get the better of Leicester

Exeter's head coach Rob Baxter hailed the importance of his side's 31-10 win over Leicester.

The impressive success helped catapult Exeter above their opponents up to fourth in the Premiership table.

"We are now in the top four so the season is back in our hands and if we continue to pick up wins we will remain there until the business end of the season," Baxter said.

Exeter also had the satisfaction of picking up a bonus point by scoring four tries with Thomas Waldrom, Jack Yeandle and Ollie Devoto all getting on the score sheet.

There was also a penalty try award with Gareth Steenson converting all four and adding a penalty.

Baxter added: "Today was just about winning so to get an extra bonus point was huge as it was a tough old game and we had to work really hard for our points.

"We put a huge amount of work into that first 30 minutes to build up that 21-0 interval so we were a little passive in the second half as we were getting our second win when Leicester had that significant period.

"We toughed it out during that time and in the final quarter we managed to stay comfortable."

Leicester were bullied in the first half but improved in the second half to score two tries through replacements Harry Thacker and Jono Kitto.

Their boss, Richard Cockerill, conceded that Tigers were poor before half-time and the game was virtually over at that stage.

He said: "We were ill-disciplined and inaccurate and turned the ball over too easily. We gave away ten penalties before half-time and none after that.

"We came back strongly in the second half and took the game to them but it was too late as we were too far behind."

Cockerill was also critical of young referee, Tom Foley, and said: "I thought the referee had a poor match as he was poor at the scrum area and I will be speaking to the referee's assessor, Tony Spreadbury, about this

"I can't see how the second try was given as our player was under Thomas Waldrom and no-one saw him ground the ball against the post."

Leicester chose to rest the Youngs brothers, skipper Tom and Ben, before they face two difficult fixtures in the next fortnight.

Cockerill said: "Tom has played every recent game and it's been a physical few weeks for him and Ben had a very busy international period.

"Saracens and Wasps are two hard fixtures but it's only halfway and we are still fifth so there's a long way to go but we are under no illusions that it's going to be tough."

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