Quins hangover hurt Exeter

Date published: October 7 2014

Exeter boss Rob Baxter believes their defeat to Newcastle was due in part to a “hangover” they picked up from their victory over Harlequins.

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter believes their defeat to Newcastle was due in part to a “hangover” picked up from their previous win over Harlequins.

The shock loss at Kingston Park saw the Chiefs go down 29-24 to the Falcons, who broke a 20-match winless drought in the Premiership fixture.

Baxter though said that his men were possibly battling with the effects of that impressive victory over Quins when they ran out last Sunday.

“The players were on an emotional high post the Harlequins game because there had been a bit of pressure,” the coach told BBC Radio Devon.

“I think we probably in some ways had a bit of a hangover from that.

“Defensively that was our poorest performance of the season. No-one’s going to need to look at the score to know that.

“Right from the start we slipped off a couple of tackles and that just encouraged Newcastle to keep coming at us.

“We gave up some soft defensive penalties. We probably didn’t need to give up 12 of those points because they were soft defensive penalties.”

He added on their defensive frailties: “If we were prepared to come here and stand and fight for 80 minutes you’d come back on-side, you’d get off the line, you make your tackles and you do it all over again and again until the opposition gives you the ball back.

“But the positive was that we were in it right at the death when we were away from home and had a chance to score a try right at the death to level it and win it with the conversion.

“But it didn’t look like we really gritted our teeth and said ‘this is going over no matter what happens’ and that, for me, was the story of the game.”