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Mumm looks for positives

02nd December 2013 05:32

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Battling: Dean Mumm

Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm took heart from aspects of the performance against Bath, despite losing again at The Rec.

The Chiefs have not beaten Bath in a competitive fixture for 35 years and the run is set to continue after Bath's 21-16 win last Saturday.

George Ford was excellent with the boot, kicking six penalties and one drop goal, as Exeter travelled back to Devon with a losing bonus point.

Reflecting on the game, Mumm believes there were areas to be pleased with but that Rob Baxter's side have work to do.

"The performance was reasonably good and there are elements of it we can be proud of, and we can take that forward into a big couple of weeks against Toulon," Mumm told the Western Morning News.

"It is disappointing again not to beat Bath, and that is a key facet, but there are aspects we can be positive about.

"Good teams manage momentum as best as they can, but, more importantly, they manage momentum when they don't have it, and that's an element we need to continue to work on, but I thought we did that particularly well at certain stages.

"Just after half-time, Bath had a lot of momentum, and a real opportunity in our 22, and we defended particularly well, and we came out of that and probably kept ourselves in the game because of it. There are moments like that we are extremely proud of, but there are other elements we have to really nail in big games."

Set to face Toulon in back-to-back clashes in the Heineken Cup over the next two weeks, Mumm admitted his excitement ahead of taking on the European champions.

"I play rugby because you get to take part in big moments, and you get to do things and have opportunities you don't normally get," added Mumm.

"It will be a full house, in front of our own fans against the European champions, and a real opportunity to get a win.

"They have got stars across the park, so it is a real challenge for us, but one we are chomping at the bit for."

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