Baxter proud of Chiefs campaign
May 7, 2011
Exeter fly-half Ignacio Mieres kicks a penalty during the game at Sandy Park © Getty Images
Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter was a satisfied man after watching his side round off their debut season in the Aviva Premiership with an impressive 21-8 victory over London Wasps at Sandy Park on Saturday.
Wasps led early on courtesy of Christian Wade's try but the boot of Ignacio Mieres brought Exeter back into the game before Tom Johnson and Matt Jess both touched down after the break to seal a win which saw the Chiefs climb above their opponents and into eighth place.
"It was a nice way to round the season off," Baxter said. "It was great reward for our fans that came to see this end-of-season game and a good reward for the players who have put in the hard work that they have put in with an eighth-place finish.
"We never set out with any targets at the start of the season but you have to take an eighth place finish with both hands in your first season in the Premiership but I am more pleased with the level of our performances. That will put us in good stead for next season because we are a side that can weather a bit of pressure. But we had a couple of guys who stood up, we had a couple of good turn-over tackles made at crucial times."
Meanwhile, London Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards admitted that his side's ill-discipline had been their undoing.
"I thought we played excellently in the first half creating line break after line break but unfortunately you don't get points for that and then we were on the wrong end of the penalty count," he said. "It was a landslide really - 18 to six as regards us getting on the wrong side of the referee. Add to that our opponents only gave away six penalties and turned the ball over six times.
"You are looking at them playing a very high standard, low error rates all game and to beat that team we would have had to keep creating the sort of chances that we did in the first half. But in the second half we fell apart and they were definitely the dominant side after the break. I thought some of our younger players were our better players today, if I am totally honest."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel spoke to ESPN ahead of his final season as Italy coach and tells of his desire to experiment and evolve
"There's no bull with me, I just tell it straight." Tom Hamilton talks to Warren Gatland in an exclusive interview
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton
Cards, kicks, slips and scores: It's The Week in Pictures, the finest snaps from the last seven days of rugby