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Exeter boss Rob Baxter disappointed with draw against Bath
Exeter boss Rob Baxter felt his side deserved more than a share of the spoils following their 12-12 draw with west country rivals Bath at Sandy Park.
The Chiefs looked on course to round off the year with a narrow victory before Bath replacement fly-half Tom Heathcote converted a penalty try three minutes from time.
"Whenever a team peg you back that late in the game, specifically when you have quite good control of things, it feels tough," Baxter said.
"But there is a reality, I don't think we played well enough in the first half and I don't think our forwards were right on the money.
"That changed pretty dramatically in the second half and ultimately they gave
us the control to really pull away. Then we kind of did what we did in the first
half, which was doubled-up a couple of errors and a couple of penalties.
"All of a sudden we were defending in the corner and the penalty try happens
and the game has gone from you. That is a little frustrating but this is the
best result that we have had against Bath and it shows that we are getting a lot of things right.
"We are still unbeaten at home in the Premiership and we are still collecting
points as we need to. We are in the top half of the league which is where we
want to be.
Bath first-team coach Toby Booth was pleased by the visitors' resilience following last week's home defeat against Saracens adding:
"The bounce back from last week was really important because it is a test of character. It is that character that gets you through the dark months and get through to the other side.
"There was a bump in the road last week and we knew this game would be a massive test of character and we have come through that test."
Coach Brad Davis was once again missing from the touchline, fuelling speculation as to his whereabouts - but Booth was keen to play down the former rugby league player's absence.
"As far as we understand things, he is coming back and we have just carried on
coaching and leave the upper management to deal with that," he said.
"As far as we are aware he is coming back and it is just a question of when."
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|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|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Northampton vs Exeter|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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