Rob Baxter urges Exeter to maintain top-four charge against leaders Wasps
Rob Baxter has urged Exeter to continue shaping the top four of the Aviva Premiership when they face Wasps at Sandy Park on Sunday.
The Chiefs occupy third place and will host the leaders emboldened at having secured 11 points from their last three league matches - against Leicester, Bath and Saracens.
"It's exactly the type of game you want to be involved in because you can really affect what is going on in the season," Exeter boss Baxter said.
"Over the last block of Premiership fixtures, we had more opportunities than anyone else to effect what was going on in the top four.
"Looking at how things went, we did that very well. However, we've got to keep driving home those same qualities and show that same intensity when Wasps visit.
"We've got back into the top four now and our aim is to stay there and cement our place.
"If you're in the top four, you have an opportunity to win the Premiership at the end of the season.
"I want us to have that opportunity to win the Premiership, so these are the kind of fixtures that keep the season in your hands."
Wasps are 10 points above Exeter but director of rugby Dai Young is wary of the Chiefs' revival.
"Sandy Park is never an easy place to go and, having never won there, it would be nice to change that this weekend," Young said.
"Exeter are a great side and they have hit a very good run of form recently so we will have to hit the ground running."