Frustrations for Exeter despite victory

Date published: November 29 2015

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter was happy enough to win poorly after his ambitious side squeezed past Harlequins on Saturday.

A 26-25 victory helps the Devon-based club move clear of Harlequins in second place in the Premiership after their fourth win of the season.

Baxter admitted that his side had to scrap their way to a win in the second half but believes that winning on a slightly off-day is a good sign for Exeter moving forward.

The input of Gareth Steenson, Exeter's fly-half who scored 21 points including the crucial second try, was telling.

"I thought Harlequins were very good, particularly in the first-half," Baxter said.

"They took advantage of what was quite a passive and timid performance by us in the first half.

"The try we scored just before half-time was crucial for us, and then we started to show some proper qualities.

"We got our set-piece going, and we probably showed enough for us just to edge it. We fought and fought.

"We are frustrated at parts of the performance, but ultimately, sometimes you have got to look at the scoreboard. Teams that hang around for long periods in the top four, that's what they do.

"Sometimes, you win games and you kind of wonder how you have won them.

"You look at all the mistakes you've made, and between us, both teams today will think the winning of the game was there for them."