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  • Aviva Premiership
  • 1st Sep 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Sandy Park
  • Att: 5,568

Baxter hails winning start

Individual errors to blame says defeated Redpath

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Baxter hails winning start

Rob Baxter: Relief to get first points on the board

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.

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"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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