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Baxter eyes another victory

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has urged the Chiefs to continue writing their fairytale debut in the Aviva Premiership by beating Wasps.

Widely tipped for an immediate return to the Championship, Exeter will instead climb into the play-off places if they secure a bonus-point victory at Adams Park. The Chiefs, unchanged following their 24-19 victory over Sale last weekend, are targeting a fourth successive Premiership victory, but Baxter is wary of getting carried away.

"We are on some good form right now. So far it's been a great year for us," he said. "Doing well this weekend would simply add some icing on the cake to how the Premiership season is going so far."

He added: "The last couple of games against Leeds and Sale have been real high pressure games for us.

"We've gone into those games with people thinking we were the side in form and that we should come away with wins.

"It put extra pressure on us and it didn't always bring the best out in us, but it has brought two wins which we are very pleased with. We know, however, that we have some tough tests ahead. We've got Wasps, Bath, Leicester and Gloucester, which is a good set of fixtures for us to contend with.

"At the moment we're not about looking for big runs, we're just concentrating on this week and getting the most out of the Wasps game."

Wasps are bolstered by the return of Simon Shaw, Andy Powell and David Lemi from international duty. Director of rugby Tony Hanks has been impressed by the way Exeter have acclimatised to the Premiership.

"They have shown they are a team full of ambition and their performances have backed that up with strong wins home and away," said Hanks.

In Sunday's other fixture, Saracens are hoping to climb back into the top four with victory over Harlequins while the game between Leeds Carnegie and Northampton has fallen victim to the weather.


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