Fly-half headache for Baxter

Date published: February 26 2015

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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter admits the decision of whether to start Gareth Steenson or Henry Slade at fly-half is proving "very difficult".

Steenson has been a mainstay in the number ten jersey over recent seasons but the form of youngster Slade has seen him push on in the past few weeks.

And that has made life tough for Chiefs coach Baxter, who knows it is going to be hard to keep both players happy during the run-in of 2014/15's campaign.

"We're not always sure which way to go, and they certainly make it very difficult for us," he told BBC Sport.

"I don't think you can keep them both happy.

"But what you can do is try to be fair with the selections you make and I think the two results we've had recently show we've probably made the right selections with that back-line."

He added: "Gareth's a very important part of the team and the squad here, he's an absolutely fantastic goal kicker, but he's a lot more than that as well.

"He's a leader, he's a motivator and a driver of what we want to achieve as a side and he will feature a lot for us.

"I think the battle between Gareth and Henry for the 10 spot is fantastic, it's exactly what we want in every position on the pitch.

"I've talked about us wanting to be a big side, and you've got to have competitions like that.

"I can't see a time when Gareth Steenson is out of the team long term because there's so many factors and he's got so many qualities that will drive him back in there."

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