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Baxter to stick with attacking approach

Exeter boss Rob Baxter vowed his team will continue to attack games in the Aviva Premiership after they remained on course for a title play-off place.

Substitute lock Aly Muldowney's last-gasp try, which was awarded on the judgment of television match official Tony Spreadbury, and converted by Muldowney's fellow replacement Gareth Steenson, saw Exeter edge out Gloucester 28-27 at Kingsholm.

"Our attitude was first class," said head coach Baxter, following a gripping triumph. "The only way you win in the Premiership is by going after games, and our endeavour to play was fantastic. In the end, the scoreline went our way."

He added: "We have never made any secret to our approach in that we will take every game as it comes, and if the rewards come then we will enjoy them.

"We don't spend a great deal of time looking at league tables - we did it for a short time last season, and then lost two games in a row - or look at what other teams are doing.

"We are in a nice place as a club. The players work very hard and we are playing some great rugby.

"If we get to a Premiership semi-final, then fantastic, but we have got some tough games coming up."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath refused to point to the TMO's debut in a non-televised Premiership game as the reason for his team's late demise.

Redpath smiled ruefully when asked about the injury-time drama, but he said: "It would be sour grapes of me to use the TMO as an excuse.

"Our first-half performance was not good enough. We weren't at the races in those first 40 minutes, physically or mentally. We gave away three penalties at 27-18 up, and that was massively disappointing. Realistically, that is it for us now in terms of the top four."

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