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Baxter hails winning start
Individual errors to blame says defeated Redpath
As it opened up we managed to exploit some opportunities but great credit to our players who had to work extremely hard for a long time to make these cracks appear. We have said to the guys to be as competitive as we can, in every area of the pitch, and the little bits will add up.
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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter was delighted to get his season off to yet another winning start following his side's 43-6 victory over Sale on Saturday.
The Chiefs ran in six tries during their Premiership curtain raiser at Sandy Park to make it three years on the trot they have been victorious on the opening day of the season.
"As a coach getting that first result brings a bit of relief as we all start on no points," admitted Baxter. "We had a nice finish to last season where we were comfortable and we could get after games.
"We have kind of taken off in the same manner, which is really pleasing, but the scoreline probably doesn't show that the game was massively competitive for very long periods.
"As it opened up we managed to exploit some opportunities but great credit to our players who had to work extremely hard for a long time to make these cracks appear.
"We have said to the guys to be as competitive as we can, in every area of the pitch, and the little bits will add up.
"We were good in a lot of little areas - our lineout was competitive on their ball, our scrum was competitive on both put-ins; our breakdown work was good - there was lots of little things that put pressure on Sale and kept the pressure off us."
Sale's new director of rugby Bryan Redpath said that too many mistakes by numerous players had been to blame for his side's defeat.
"There were too many individual errors across the board from lots of people and we all have to take it on board and take the criticism that comes," he said. "Quite rightly it deserves to come.
"We have Saracens next Saturday and we can't forget this game nor can we dwell on it. We have to man up and take the criticism and show a good performance next weekend which has to be a lot better than this."
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|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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