Double delight for Chiefs

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:17
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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter hailed his side's character after they ended their European Cup campaign with a win over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter hailed his side's character after they ended their European Cup campaign with a win over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

The Chiefs were unable to qualify for either the European Cup or European Challenge Cup knockout stages going in to their final Pool Two fixture but produced a spirited display to complete a European double over the Blues this season.

"I was really pleased with our fight and endeavour to compete for everything, it was a lot better than last week. I'm a little disappointed the game finished as close as it did because we had a lot of opportunities," said Baxter.

"We were very dominant in the first half and we had a dominant set-piece for pretty much the entire game. But we didn't capitalise on that.

"That's where we have been in the last six to eight weeks, we've had lots of chances to beat some very good sides but haven't taken them. But we showed real character to come through.

"Cardiff had a lot more to play for than us, for us it was about coming away from home and playing well. Just because we couldn't do anything it was still a big game of rugby and that's why the players celebrated so much at the end.

"This is a fantastic game and that's how I want my players to approach it. When you're coming away to Cardiff Blues it's a massive game - we emphasised that to the players all week."

Exeter finished the qualifying stage as third in Pool Two having overtaken Glasgow following their defeat by Toulon and Baxter paid tribute to his players for their second European Cup campaign

"We showed some great energy and I have to hold my hands up and say it was a lot of guys who have not played much. Our scrums being going really well recently and I was very happy with how it went," added Baxter.

"I can reflect on the campaign as it's our second European Cup and we've taken more points than last year. We are taking some steps forward.

"We've beaten Cardiff home and away, taken points from Glasgow in both games and points from Toulon. Our only regret is not finishing off Toulon at home. But overall I am very pleased with how things went."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Twickenham Stoop
Gloucester v Wasps 14h30 Kingsholm
Bath v Sale Sharks 14h30 Recreation Ground
Bulls v Hurricanes 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
Ospreys v Cheetahs 17h30 Liberty Stadium
Scarlets v Ulster 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
Sat, 17 February 2018
Cardiff Blues v Munster 25 | 18
Lions v Sharks 26 | 19
Leinster v Scarlets 20 | 13
EUROPEAN CUP
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 6 4 0 2 20
Wasps 6 3 0 3 17
Ulster 6 4 0 2 17
Harlequins 6 1 0 5 7
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 6 5 0 1 22
Saracens 6 3 1 2 18
Ospreys 6 2 1 3 15
Northampton Saints 6 1 0 5 6
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 6 6 0 0 27
Exeter Chiefs 6 3 0 3 15
Montpellier 6 2 0 4 13
Glasgow Warriors 6 1 0 5 7
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 6 4 1 1 21
Racing Metro 6 4 0 2 19
Castres 6 2 1 3 12
Leicester Tigers 6 1 0 5 7
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 6 4 0 2 21
Toulon 6 4 0 2 19
Bath 6 4 0 2 18
Treviso 6 0 0 5 4