Pre-match attitude key to Exeter win

Date published: September 24 2016

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter praised the way his side handled themselves in their preparation before their win over Bristol.

Last seasons' Premiership finalists outclassed the newcomers at Ashton Gate, ultimately running out 41-17 winners and securing a bonus-point win thanks to doubles from Olly Woodburn and Thomas Waldrom.

Friday's victory moves Exeter momentarily back into the top four ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures, and the Chiefs appear to be back on track after starting the season with two defeats.

Baxter told the Exeter website: "Credit to the players today, it’s not often you travel on the day of the game and you always worry if you will be 100 percent focused, but they got the As and the Bs in the right order and they travelled here in good order.

"The atmosphere and prep in the hotel beforehand was first class and it carried on from there. The way they warmed up, inside the changing room, it was all there and that allowed us to get out of the blocks quickly and with some quality.

"For me that was the really pleasing aspect of tonight, simply because we went one job at a time in the first half."

He added: "Obviously we got the five-point win and that’s the most you can get out of a game, plus we denied the opposition anything, which is fantastic, but for me personally I would rather have scored one less try and conceded one less try.

"If we had stuck them at ten points I would have been very happy, but to concede the points as we did, where we looked loose and a bit scrappy, it just felt a bit soft for me.

"I would like to see us create a real hard underbelly in those situations and that’s what I will really push the guys on when we meet up again on Monday."