Exeter head coach Rob Baxter hails hat-trick hero James Short
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter praised the finishing of wings James Short and Olly Woodburn after claiming a 48-32 Aviva Premiership win over Worcester at Sixways
Worcester recorded their 10th straight defeat against the Chiefs after conceding seven tries, which included a hat-trick for Short.
Woodburn, Gareth Steenson, Sam Simmonds and Michele Campagnaro also crossed for Exeter, with Henry Slade converting three tries with Steenson adding a penalty and two conversions.
"Both wings were outstanding today and have been an important part of our game all season," Baxter said.
"James Short has electric pace, especially on a fast service and he and Olly Woodburn became more and more lively as the game went on."
Exeter had struggled in the opening period and had deservedly trailed 18-14, but a yellow card for a dangerous tackle by Worcester number eight Alafoti Faosiliva turned the game firmly the way of the visitors.
However, the Warriors' bonus point for scoring four tries was well merited after Bryce Heem, Josh Adams, Jackson Willison and Perry Humphreys all crossed with Ryan Mills converting two and kicking two penalties. Ryan Lamb converted the last try.
After shipping 35 points in the draw with Wasps last Sunday, Baxter added: "I'm disappointed to have conceded so many points for the second week running but Worcester were hot and played with a lot of energy in that opening quarter.
"But we did maintain our intensity throughout and there was a momentum change even before the yellow card. I was particularly pleased how we redoubled our efforts and didn't go into our shell."
Worcester's interim director of rugby Gary Gold thinks the errors shown by his side are 'fixable'.
He said: "I'm disappointed with the result but I'm proud at the way the boys continued to fight and it's a big positive to score four tries.
"We know how good Exeter are and if you make mistakes they will punish you. The yellow cards and a few missed touches resulted in a domino effect with the game being swiftly taken away from us.
"I didn't see the yellow card but our coaching staff did and they accept (referee) JP Doyle's decision was correct.
"We need to fix a few things but they are fixable. Our restarts were poor as we kept letting them back in the game and if we had kicked a couple more goals then we may have been nine points ahead which may have given us more confidence."