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Baxter keen to keep run going

Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter hopes his side can continue their good start to the season after a 32-15 win over Newcastle Falcons took them top of the Aviva Premiership.

Baxter is hopeful his side can push on despite playing in front of a disappointing crowd of just 5,405 at Sandy Park.

"We have got a nice little run going and winning is very nice and it made everything pleasurable," said Baxter. "It means that the boys can go to the bar and chat with the supporters and when they come in for training on Monday they will know that they have achieved something special and prepare for Saturday's visit to Bath."

The defeat was Newcastle's ninth in a row in the Premiership - their poorest run in the history of the tournament - and head coach Alan Tait accepted that you can have all the possession in the world but it is scores that count.

He said: "You work at a problem all week to sort things in defence but then we let them score from the very first play - almost as we did with Bath last week."

Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath praised a "workmanlike" display from his side as they picked up their first win of the Aviva Premiership season with a 29-8 derby triumph over Worcester at Kingsholm.

Redpath said: "We were workmanlike, efficient and we were never under a huge amount of stress. We had 13 players unavailable and when you rock up the performance has to be workmanlike, it has to be protective in some format, as if you lose confidence during games like that you can crumble with inexperience."

Worcester boss Richard Hill acknowledged that his newly-promoted side had been some way off the pace as they came back down to earth after their win over Sale last weekend. He said: "It was a poor show, we shot ourselves in the foot in the first half, going 19-3 down. We gave away penalties and an interception try and made too many unforced errors."

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted at the way his side bounced back from defeat by Wasps on the opening day of the season to snatch a 28-26 win on the road at Bath. "We've got the season up and running, which is important," said McCall.

Bath coach Brad Davis said he could not really fault his side's quality of performance or the spirit they showed. "We went toe-to-toe with arguably the best team in the Premiership," he said. "At the same time we have to temper that with feeling bitterly disappointed that we couldn't control the match at the end and allowed the opposition into our half and to win that penalty."


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