Exeter to learn from crushing loss

Date published: December 21 2015

Exeter boss Rob Baxter hopes that his Chiefs side will take some lessons from their heavy away defeat to Clermont on Sunday.

A 42-10 loss at the Stade Marcel Michelin has left the Premiership high-flyers needing possibly two wins from their final two matches in order to make the knockout stage of the Champions Cup.

Exeter got the better of Clermont in their Round 3 meeting but Baxter was frustrated a week on by the number of penalties his side coughed up.

"The bigger picture is that this result may not mean too much. We still have two games to go and we would have had to have won at least one of them – now we have to win them both," Baxter told the EPC Rugby website.

"If we use this experience of coming to France to win another game in France later in the pool, then great. We have got to use the frustrations, disappointments and errors, both collectively and as individuals, the next time we come over here because there will be a similar amount of pressure and we will be playing in front of an even bigger crowd.

"I'm a bit frustrated and disappointed at how quickly we went off plan as individuals. We started very brightly, but then we gave away a plethora of silly penalties and never got the controlled possession we had last week.

"We are a pretty good team now and we need our guys to stay confident with what we do.

"When it is tough, and it was a times, that's the time to really stick at it. We didn't and we went off on our own."