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Exeter boss Rob Baxter says his side are 'up and running' in the Premiership

Rob Baxter believes that Exeter have started hitting the right levels in the Aviva Premiership this season.

The Chiefs host Worcester on Saturday following an impressive victory at Newcastle seven days ago and Exeter boss Baxter is looking for last season's Premiership runners-up to keep momentum going.

"Right now, we are a Premiership team that I feel are up and running," Baxter said.

"If you look at the combined results of every team over the last five or six rounds, we're right up there as one of the form teams, and that is despite a late loss at home against Bath.

"Looking at things, we're going okay and we are starting to get to the levels we need to be.

"At the same time, we are still accelerating and we're far from peaking, which is important.

"Each week, the players are getting better the more they play together, plus we are starting to get a number of players returning from injury as well, so we're expecting and we're demanding that we get better and we improve.

"I've said to the guys, I want us to get more intense, more passionate and more emotional about things game by game. That is what I want to see, and when I look at this group of players, I can see they want to drive our season ahead in a really exciting way."

Baxter is also wary of the challenge Worcester will pose at Sandy Park, although league positions and current form would suggest a home win.

"Worcester are a very good side, and we are well aware of the threats they can pose," he added.

"Yes, they will be frustrated with a few close results this season - none more so than last week against Northampton - so they will come relatively confident and looking to cause us one or two problems.

"What we have to make sure is that our confidence and our work-rate exceeds them."

Sunday's action, meanwhile, sees former Wigan rugby league star Josh Charnley making his Premiership debut for Sale against Wasps, while Bath visit Harlequins and leaders Saracens host Gloucester.


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