Exeter Chiefs boss focuses on home Amlin quarter-final

Josh Tatupu
Samoan back Josh Tatupu was stretchered off against Cavalieri Prato with a suspected broken leg

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says he wants his side to focus on trying to secure a home tie in the quarter-finals of the Amlin Cup.

Chiefs ran in seven tries as they beat Cavalieri Prato 50-10 to go a point clear at the top of their pool ahead of next week's game with Perpignan.

"That we scored that many tries was great for us," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"Scoring a lot of tries may be the thing that ensures a home quarter-final which is what we're driving for now."

Exeter scored five tries in the second half, and Baxter said he was impressed by the way his side kept up the pressure on their Italian hosts.

"We knew that there had to be some patience and things may have to come later on.

"I'm really glad we kept ramming it home, really pleased with the enthusiasm of the players through the second period when we could have eased off.

"But we kept going and going and going, and eventually the game became ours just when we wanted it to.

"They are top of the Italian super league at the minute so they're not a bad side.

"In European terms, yes, they are struggling a bit, they're finding their feet, but they're prepared to stand and fight," he added.

The only dampeners for Chiefs were injuries to Josh Tatupu and Jack Nowell, who were both stretchered off.

Initial reports suggest Samoan international Tatupu could have suffered a broken leg.

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