Baxter wants Exeter back on track

22 September 2012 23:41:20 GMTPlus10

Exeter coach Rob Baxter is hoping his side can get their season back on track with the visit of unbeaten Saracens to Sandy Park on Sunday.

The Chiefs had an impressive start to the season with a 43-6 home demolition of Sale, but have lost their last two games on the road, to Northampton Saints and London Welsh.

Our major aim was to be competitive in every game.

Rob Baxter

Baxter was unhappy to lose both games, with only a narrow margin of points costing the Chiefs both encounters.

"Yes it was frustrating not to win those games, but that's what it is," said Baxter.

"Every game of Premiership rugby is tough and at the end of the day we came away with something from both those fixtures. Our major aim was to be competitive in every game and we were certainly competitive up in Oxford."

However, Sunday's clash against Saracens will test the mettle of Baxter's men.

Exeter are 11/8 to beat Saracens, while Sarries can be backed at 4/7 to claim victory and extend their run.

Their test this week will not be helped by the absence of England flanker Tom Johnson, while Craig Mitchell is also missing from their pack. Carl Rimmer and James Phillips have been drafted in.

For Saracens, scrum half Neil de Kock will make his 150th appearance for the club - as Mark McCall's men look to extend their unbeaten start.

Jamie George will get his first start at hooker, while Duncan Taylor will make his first start at outside centre. Steve Borthwick will have to make do with a place on the bench.
 
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