Baxter hails tough Chiefs

Date published: February 29 2016

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter praised his charges after they sealed a crucial 26-17 home victory over Bath in the Premiership on Sunday.

With Saracens only picking up three points via a draw and try bonus-point on Saturday, Exeter had a chance to reduce the gap on the leaders.

And thanks to the boot of Gareth Steenson, who kicked 16 points to go with Ian Whitten and Kai Horstmann's tries, the Chiefs did just that.

"It's nice to finally start to feel like we are getting on the right side of games with Bath," a pleased Baxter told Exeter's website.

"We have gone a long time losing to them in tight games in close circumstances and we have come through another tough one today.

"I have just said to the lads, great credit to them because I think the last half-hour of that game showed tremendous spirit from us and a desire to work hard to win that game. The five minutes before and after half time when they scored their two tries, it did take the wind out of our sails for a little bit, but I was delighted at the way the players then wrestled it back."

He added: "I thought our discipline was fantastic, because it had to be especially into the wind, and ultimately Bath's let them down under pressure, so great credit to the guys. To then bang in that try and really open things up at the end, it was a fantastic moment for us."