Baxter: ‘We should want more’

Date published: April 30 2016

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter believes a win over Wasps in the Premiership at Sandy Park on Sunday will keep their hopes of a home semi-final alive. 

The 45-year-old Baxter has urged the Devon crowd to rally behind the team as victories in their last two regular season matches will secure them a home Premiership semi-final.

The last time these two sides met was a few weeks ago in the Champions Cup quarter-final match with Dai Young's men edging Chiefs 25-24 at the Ricoh Arena. 

However it was Chiefs, currently two points adrift Wasps, who got the better of the second positioned club in their last Premiership encounter back in December. With Baxter's men thumping Wasps 41-27, outscoring them six tries to four which included a hat-trick from the inspirational number eight Thomas Waldrom.

"We can run around as much as we like, but the truth is we are in the top four now and only two games away from potentially winning the Premiership," Baxter told Eurosport.

"I am not afraid to talk about that. We don't normally here at Exeter talk like that. Instead, we tend to talk about the next step and where we want to be.  This season, though, we have knocked off being in the top six, which is fantastic, and we have knocked off being in the top four, which again is fantastic. 

"Now, we have only really got two goals left, one of which is trying to get a home semi-final in the play-offs, and the other is winning the Premiership. You can see from our results this season, plus the consistency we have shown, it has driven us into the top four with two games remaining, which is pretty good going. 

"That said, we should want more. Once you tick off top six, then top four, you should want more, and I am not afraid to say we want a home semi-final and we want to win the Premiership. Why not? Right now, we are two games away from being Premiership champions, regardless of what happens over these next two weeks (against Wasps and Harlequins). 

"Let's start talking and feeling like we can challenge ourselves and put pressure on ourselves to now deliver. If you do that, more often than not you can come through the big games.