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- LV= Cup
- 25th Jan 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Sandy Park
- Att: 8,760
LV= Cup: Rob Hunter praises Exeter's 36-22 win over Ospreys
We will be going to Sixways looking to win as the competition is still very much alive for us.
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Rob Hunter says the LV= Cup is 'very much alive' for Exeter as the Chiefs go into next Saturday's final LV= Cup Pool game at Worcester knowing exactly what they need to do if they are to progress further in the competition.
The Chiefs overturned a 10-8 half time deficit at Sandy Park to beat Ospreys 36-22 in a match that saw both sides taking a try-scoring bonus point but leaving the Welsh side rooted at the foot of their Pool.
With Leicester losing at Harlequins, Exeter need maximum points from next weekend's trip to Worcester to achieve their goal of staying in the competition.
"There was only two points in it at half time so it was really important, as we are learning with some of the young guys, that we don't panic," said Exeter Chiefs' forwards coach Hunter.
"We obviously had some opportunities to score in the first half which we didn't take. Sometimes that can spread concern and worry through the team because Ospreys had the ability to score on the break quite well.
"That can sew a seed of doubt and put the pressure on. But you have to look at it being just two points; do we need to do anything different? No, we just need to finish off our opportunities.
"I was a little frustrated that we squandered some of those first half opportunities because we have probably left a couple of tries on the pitch. I was fairly sure that we could work ourselves in to a position to score again.
"It is more us getting the hardness to bang in those opportunities when they come. It looks like the results elsewhere have gone well for us but Worcester will be strong at home especially as everyone wants to bounce back in to the Premiership in good shape.
"We will be going to Sixways looking to win as the competition is still very much alive for us."
The defeat ends any hopes that Ospreys have of reaching the last four, with Bath going through to the semis from Pool Three, leaving the Welshmen with nothing to play for when they host Sale on Friday night.
Ospreys' backs coach Gruff Rees said: "We had been confident all week in terms of getting a win but in the opening 10 minutes of the second half Exeter were pretty ruthless really with their two quick scores putting us on the back foot.
"We are disappointed the way those tries came about and credit to Exeter in that respect but we have to be happy with the way that we kept positive and bounced back from that because we have been trying to open up our game to a certain degree.
"Some of the tries that we scored are proof of that but frustrated again that we have come here and come second on the scoreboard. In previous games I felt that we have been out-muscled and not shown much.
"Today, perhaps, we didn't win the physical battle but we have actually shown some rugby.
"Results have gone against us in this competition but for us it is about using it as a springboard for young players to play in a way that we want to take our game forward.
"The pleasing thing is that we have scored some good tries, and bombed a few others as well.
"We want to be positive about the experience that this competition provides ahead of our net block of RaboDirect PRO 12 league games."
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|Saturday 1st November|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|16:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Friday 7th November|
|19:30||Scarlets vs Northampton|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Saracens|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 8th November|
|16:30||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 9th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Leicester vs Sale|
|Friday 14th November|
|19:30||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
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