Bath 36-19 Exeter: ‘We’re killing each other’, fumes Chiefs rugby director Rob Baxter, as the visitors are left eight points adrift of the playoff places with just three games left
- Bath scored five tries in a comprehensive win over Exeter Chiefs on Sunday
- Exeter’s rugby director Rob Baxter was left fuming by the state of their showing
- The Chiefs play their Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 clash next weekend
Rob Baxter struggled to contain his anger as he delivered a withering verdict on his Exeter side’s defeat at Bath on Sunday.
It was a result that left the Chiefs eight points adrift of the Gallagher Premiership play-off places with just three games left — and two of those fixtures are away against sides currently in the top four, Leicester and London Irish.
Given that Bath had lost five successive league matches and not won in the Premiership this year, sixth-placed Exeter were hot favourites to inflict further misery on them.
But the Chiefs conceded five tries in a morale-sapping loss ahead of Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 clash against Montpellier.
‘We have to have a good look at each other because we are killing each other,’ said Baxter, Exeter’s rugby director. ‘I am at that stage when I am almost thinking we have got to change the personnel.
Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter was left fuming by their 36-19 defeat to Bath
Bath scored five tries in the comprehensive win, while Exeter struggled to assert themselves
‘We have come away to the team that is bottom of the Premiership — that is not taking anything away from Bath. They grew, and I was expecting us to grow across the 80 minutes.
‘It never looked like we were going to make the game about us. It was a litany of errors.
‘We have got a lot to work on in a week, and the most important thing is how the players turn up on Tuesday. Did we look like a good team today? I don’t think we can say any player had a good game in any facet.’
Cameron Redpath, Beno Obano, Joe Cokanasiga, Tom Dunn and Ollie Lawrence claimed tries for Bath, while Ben Spencer kicked four conversions and Piers Francis landed a late penalty.
Solomone Kata, Scott Sio and Jack Yeandle crossed for Exeter, with England centre Henry Slade adding two conversions.
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