Baxter – ‘Home semi not important’

Date published: April 15 2017

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter says he is not concerned whether their potential Saracens semi-final is home or away.

The Chiefs secured a bonus-point courtesy of a Lachie Turner to ensure they put themselves firmly in second spot with two games remaining after a 39-26 victory over Harlequins on Friday night.

Should things remain the same, as they are largely expected to, Baxter’s men will clash with Saracens in the semi-final and the 46-year-old tactician doesn’t mind whether the match is at Sandy Park or Allianz Park.

“When you look across a season you can’t get emotionally attached to a home semi-final because when that happens you’ve lost the battle already,” Baxter told Press Association.

“For us it’s about turning up each week and playing well, whether we’re at home or away.

“We’ve been on a good run and why can’t that continue, half of those games coming away so why should that be an issue for us?

“Five points here has really helped us with the home semi, but that’s not the be-all and end-all.

“We’ve been to Saracens and won before, albeit not in such a high-profile game. But Saracens would be the same, they’d be comfortable coming to us.

“It wouldn’t be a big issue for them and we shouldn’t see it as a big issue for us.”