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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 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
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