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- Aviva Premiership
- 12th Apr 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Sixways Stadium
- Att: 8,820
Aviva Premiership: Exeter's Rob Baxter relieved to win after scare against Worecester
I am disappointed it ended up as tight as it was because, at times, some of our attacking play was fantastic.
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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter was not happy with with the way his team allowed Worcester back into their Aviva Premiership match at Sixways.
The Chiefs were flying at one stage as they led 21-3 but they eventually held on to win 38-33 - coming within one last-second catch by wing Josh Drauniniu of blowing their advantage.
Had Drauniniu latched onto a Ryan Lamb cross-kick with the line at his mercy, instead of knocking the ball on in the last second, the Warriors would have won for the first time at home this season and put pressure on Newcastle above them in the drop zone.
Baxter said: "Winning any Premiership game, especially away from home, is fantastic, but for the actual performance ...I didn't know quite what to say to the guys (at the end) but pretty much every game we come up here to play against these has a similar ending in that it is a tight one.
"I am disappointed it ended up as tight as it was because, at times, some of our attacking play was fantastic. We were right back up there with finding space, speed of ball and speed of movement that we have had in the Premiership.
"But we coupled that with too much individual ill-discipline. It was not really a group thing but individuals keeping hands in rucks and a couple of high tackles. It swung the momentum away from us and shouldn't really have happened."
Nevertheless, the success means Exeter are a point ahead of Wasps in the race for the crucial seventh place in the league - which will give them a play-off place against a top French club for a spot in the new European Challenge Cup next season.
Baxter said: "It is going to be an exciting end to the season and Sale next week will be a massive game for us.
"Today's performance shows it is important to the players as well to be challenging for that European spot."
The Warriors grabbed two bonus points but an 18th defeat this season leaves Dean Ryan's side facing the task of getting something from away matches at Bath and Saracens ahead of a home clash with Gloucester.
Director of rugby Ryan said: "They were sharper and more clinical than us today. They caused us problems with their wide game stressing us a bit.
"But we are not going away yet. We have got a lot of things that we can contribute and we will see what happens after each game before we start being written off by anybody.
"We have three games to survive and we didn't win today. We didn't win because we were not clinical enough about understanding roles in the first half. Today was not good enough for half-an-hour.
"We have a couple of games to go. We know it is Bath and Saracens but funny things happen and if we can get it to the last weekend, we are back at home to make a very interesting closing day."
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|14:30||Gloucester vs Wasps|
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|19:45||Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons|
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|14:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
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|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
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|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
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