Aviva Premiership: Rob Baxter happy with Exeter performance

Aviva Premiership: Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter heaps praise on his troops after a 29-12 win at Gloucester Rugby

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Exeter Chiefs won 29-12 against Gloucester Rugby Photo: Exeter Rugby Club/Pinnacle Photo Agency

Rob Baxter admits he couldn’t have asked for much more from his troops as Exeter Chiefs bounced back from defeat in style to secure a 29-12 win against Gloucester Rugby.

While the Cherry & Whites were in buoyant mood for this clash at Kingsholm following back-to-back victories, the Chiefs made the short journey to Gloucester having lost 21-9 to Leicester Tigers in front of their home fans last time out.

But it was Exeter’s turn to upset the home crowd as a Ben White try and Gareth Steenson’s boot had the visitors leading 13-5 at half-time, cancelling out Martyn Thomas’ first-ever Aviva Premiership try in reply.

And after the interval captain Dean Mumm helped himself to his third try of the campaign, while Gareth Steenson kept the scoreboard ticking over from the kicking tee.

Gloucester replacement Jonny May did add another try for the home side in the second half but Baxter, whose side ran out 29-12 winners, was more than happy with the response his team showed following their Tigers mauling.

“That was a bit more like it,” Baxter said. “All I think we did was carry on where we started in the second half against Leicester.

“I kind of knew that performance was in us and it was just about the lads having the confidence to go out and do it and the freedom to let themselves play.

“When we play we are a very good side. I’m not saying that is the only way to play rugby but for us that suits us and is comfortable.

“I thought the players’ response was absolutely magnificent. When you have lost a game of rugby the hardest thing to do is go out and play but we turned up here and from minute one we played.

“That shows great courage from the players and I am always happy when they show a bit of bravery and they go for it because you can’t ask for much more and the thing with us is that it tends to bring us results.

“So we are very happy with the result. It makes the table look a lot nicer because in the morning we were one off the bottom and now we are mid-table.”

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