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Baxter delighted by opening win

Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter was delighted with his side's 22-10 win over Gloucester at Sandy Park but was adamant that he would not allow his team to be carried away with this stunning success.

The Aviva Premiership newcomers celebrated their elevation in the best possible style as fly-half Gareth Steenson racked up an individual tally of 17 points to sink the Cherry and Whites - for whom Nicky Robinson missed all five of his kicks at goal, twice hitting the post.

"I am very aware that Gloucester had many try-scoring opportunities, missed a number of goal kicks and they were slightly off form," said Baxter.

"We are the Premiership new boys and the home game first up suited us more than them.

"I am in fact a little disappointed as I felt that had we moved the ball more in the first 20 minutes we could have opened up a bit more daylight.

"We should have backed ourselves more as it's a big wide pitch and we need to maximise the use of it.

"I said at half-time that he first 10 minutes after the interval was crucial and we needed not to concede during that period and as we didn't I felt we would win from the end of that 10 minutes.

"We've not won or lost anything today - the next three to four weeks are important as we have to see that we are improving and can meet the continuing demands of the season."

Steenson added: "Our pack was outstanding and it's my job to put the ball over the bar. It is not the easiest place to kick a goal and I have had plenty of bad days (mostly in training).

"It takes a bit of getting used to, especially in winter, as we hope to make this ground a fortress for us."


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