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Aviva Premiership: Paul Burke takes the positives after Leicester beat Exeter
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Leicester attack coach Paul Burke took the positives after Sunday's 21-9 Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter at Sandy Park, while Chiefs boss Rob Baxter was left disappointed by the hosts' first half showing.
The triumph lifted the Tigers, who won by just three points at this venue in March, into the top three in the table.
Burke, who is in charge on matchdays while director of rugby Richard Cockerill serves his nine-game ban for unprofessional behaviour at last season's Premiership Final, was pleased with his players' display - particularly in the first half - and felt there were numerous positives to take ahead of next Saturday's clash with Northampton at Welford Road.
Burke said: "It was an outstanding effort from our players because Exeter really came at us in the second half. They threw everything at us and not to concede a try today at Sandy Park was good.
"We felt that if we tied Exeter up at the start, got momentum and quietened the crowd down, we would get a foothold in the game. You play in the right areas, get field position, keep hold of the ball and recycle, you will get your rewards.
"I was disappointed that we allowed them to get back into the game in the second half.
"The scrum was a real force today and we got a lot of rewards out of it."
The reigning champions will head into next weekend's game against Northampton at Welford Road level on points with second-placed Saints - the pair four points behind leaders Saracens.
"We have some big games coming up with Saints next week and then two Europeans," Burke said.
"We haven't really got going this season but there are positive signs in that we are grinding out wins and not putting in real performances."
He added: "It is a completely different ball game next week with Saints. They are playing very well and are playing with a lot of momentum and flair. There is no bigger game for us and to be tied at second in the table adds an extra bit of spice to the game.
"We know Northampton's threats. We have watched them play in the last couple of weeks and George North is key to them."
Exeter head coach Baxter, meanwhile, was wounded at his side's horror show in the first period.
Baxter said: "That is as disappointing with our showing in the first half that I can ever remember in the Premiership. I don't mind the wins and the losses as such. You deal with those as they are going to happen.
"But you have always got to fire some shots and give yourself a chance. I said to the guys at half-time that, if I was a supporter watching that, I would think we were afraid.
"When I say that, I don't mean afraid of the physical contest, I mean afraid to put ourselves out there and go for it.
"We showed in the second half how effective that can be, even against Leicester. The fact is we are sat here now disappointed not to have scored two or three tries with the pressure we had on their line.
"We have won the second half 9-6 and made it a real contest, but we have got what we deserved because of our first-half showing. You can't run away from that and I have told the guys that, at this stage, if it does not feel nice and exciting to be playing someone like Leicester, then we have got something wrong."
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|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
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