Baxter hails mature Chiefs

Date published: November 8 2015

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter praised his troops for remaining cool under pressure as they beat Leicester 19-6 to move second in the Premiership table.

The victory at Sandy Park saw the Chiefs pick up a vital win going into the European break, with Gareth Steenson scoring all of their points.

Exeter are now perfectly set up for Champions Cup clashes with the Ospreys and Bordeaux-Begles in the next fortnight, leaving Baxter happy.

"The most pleasing thing for me is that we didn't buckle in the moments of pressure, and that is typically where we have failed against Leicester in the past," he told the club website.

"We have always been able to score some points against them, but there have been moments in games where they have just seized the momentum off us and rammed it home, and today we weathered those storms a lot better. 

"We came through the messy parts of the game a little bit better than Leicester, and that backed up the fact our scrum particularly functioned well today, as did our driving game, and defensively, to only concede six points against Leicester is fantastic."

He added: "Lots of things went well for us, but sometimes when we play Leicester we have to overcome some mental battles as much as physical battles, and I think we came through a few in that game and that's why we won."