‘We’ve learned our lesson’: Baxter

Date published: November 2 2015

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter admits his side have learned the lessons of last season after they thrashed Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Sunday.

Don Armand crossed twice while Julian Salvi, Will Chudley and Matt Jess also went over in the first half of Exeter's 41-3 victory.

Moray Low added a score after the interval and the Chiefs made amends for their defeat at Newcastle last season.

The Chiefs missed out on the top four on the final day of the previous campaign and Baxter is confident his side are ready to go one better this time around.

"We prepared really well, we were a little disappointed with ourselves up here last season," he said. 

"Not making the top four last last season on points difference has had an effect on us.

"It's given us a nice, hard edge and I like that, so no apologies."

"It was slightly a game of two halves. We were very clinical in the first half, scored some good tries, put pressure on their kickers and in the scrum. We spoke at half-time about not giving away any penalties and in the second half, we gave away only one and I have to take my hat off to the lads for that.

"We were very fortunate with the conditions today, they allowed us to play good attacking rugby.

"To get back-to-back wins and five-point bonuses is great for us, but now we have to get our preparation right for the match against Leicester."

For the Falcons there were very few positives to take after the defeat and they are now without a point from their first three games of the season.

They had two tries in the second half ruled out by the Television Match Official and Dean Richards admitted it was just one of those days.

"We will sit down and dissect things later," he revealed.

"We knew what Exeter would do and we couldn't stop them doing it.

"We did have three outstanding chances in the second half, but in the nature of the day, nothing really went our way, but that's down to us. We have to look at our defence which was appalling.

"There's bound to be some finger-pointing but we have no one to blame but ourselves. 

"We didn't score a try today which is disappointing and there were a few positives but it's the small things that make a difference and we're doing the small things really badly."