Rob Baxter: Exeter boss takes 'satisfaction' from win at Saints

Exeter Chiefs centre Sam Hill
The Chiefs are just two points behind league leaders Northampton

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter said his side would keep their feet on the ground after their historic win over Northampton on Friday.

The 24-18 win was the first time Exeter have ever won at Franklin's Gardens.

Baxter praised his side for taking their chance against the Premiership champions, but conceded that their opponents were below strength because of numerous international call-ups.

"The boys feel the way I feel, which is quietly satisfied," said Baxter.

"We're very aware they were missing a few players because of the time of year but, if you want to have a good season and you want to progress, when you get an opportunity to play the top sides, you have to take it.

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter:
"We know we will face a much different battle against Northampton later in the season."

"The pleasing thing for me is there was an opportunity and we have taken it with two hands.

"However, none of the boys are crowing about it as they appreciate there will be a time when we play Northampton full-on and with all their players available - and that's something I will look forward to especially."

The victory took Exeter up to second place in the table, just two points behind the Saints.

"We know we will face a much different battle against Northampton later in the season," added Baxter.

"But this was a very important four points for us and it keeps us at the right end of the table.

"Now we've got a few days to recover and then get ourselves in the best possible position to prepare for what will be a very tough game at home to Wasps next week."

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