Planet Rugby



Baxter relishing home LV= Cup final

10th March 2014 07:38



Delighted: Rob Baxter

Exeter boss Rob Baxter admits he is already looking forward to a huge cup final after his side beat Bath for the first time in the professional era.

The Chiefs fell behind in the semi-final clash at The Rec after just 24 seconds, when Leroy Houston scored the fastest try in LV= Cup history.

But Exeter full-back Luke Arscott dotted down twice to ensure Henry Slade's wayward goal-kicking did not let Bath run away with it and replacement wing Fetu'u Vainikolo's superb second-half try sealed the win.

The result sets up a final against Northampton Saints next weekend - at the Chiefs' home ground of Sandy Park - and Baxter is expecting another huge effort.

"I'm not going to go around saying 'Oh, it's just another game guys.' We're going to prepare like it's a massive cup game - because that's what it is," said Baxter.

"We're going to enjoy the week and getting ready for it. It's fantastic for our guys to be playing in cup finals.

"We said right from the start when we got into the Premiership, if we survived and worked hard there would be big games down the line - and this is one of them.

"We've scored plenty of tries against Northampton before at Sandy Park and that's what we've got to look to do. It makes us true to ourselves when we go after games and look to score tries.

"You could feel that when we turned up - to sunshine and a firm ground - the game was always going to be decided by great breaks and it went our way today.

"The momentum shifted a few times. It started with Bath and their try and shifted to us with Fetu'u Vainikolo's try which came a bit out of nowhere."

Bath had the opportunity to level the score in the final minute but fly-half Tom Heathcote, who had been impeccable from the tee all afternoon, sent a long-range penalty just short.

The defeat is a frustrating one for Bath, who had been arguably the competition's stand-out side in the pool stages, but head coach Mike Ford knows there is plenty left to play for this season.

"That team was good enough to win," he said.

"There were a load of opportunities where we could have created pressure and scored more points but we weren't able to control the ball at crucial periods of the first half.

"Second half, they scored two individual tries which put them on the front foot. Again, we nearly found a way at the end to get a draw.

"We're not too despondent because we've still got a lot to play for this year in the Amlin Cup and obviously the Premiership, which is massive to us.

"We wish them good luck in the final. We'll now have a week off to regroup, to get over the knocks and bruises and also to get mentally fresh for what's coming in the rest of the season."

  • Bath Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Bath vs Newcastle17:00
Saturday , November 22
London Irish vs Bath15:00
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , December 20
Gloucester vs Bath15:00
Saturday , December 27
Bath vs Exeter15:00
Saturday , January 3
Leicester vs Bath15:00
Saturday , January 10
Bath vs Wasps15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , December 6
Montpellier vs BathTBC
Saturday , December 13
Bath vs MontpellierTBC
Saturday , January 17
Toulouse vs BathTBC
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
  • Bath Results
Recent Results
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Saturday , October 18
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , October 12
Wasps 29 - 22 BathWasps vs Bath Report
Friday , October 3
Bath 21 - 11 Saracens
Saturday , September 27
Northampton 31 - 24 Bath
Saturday , September 20
Bath 45 - 0 Leicester
Saturday , September 13
Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh
Saturday , September 6
Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Table
Aviva Premiership Table