Rob Baxter: Exeter's last three games are like 'knockout'

Rob Baxter
Exeter were knocked out of the European Challenge Cup on Saturday after losing 30-19 at Gloucester in the semi-finals

Exeter Chiefs' final three Premiership matches are similar to knockout games, according to head coach Rob Baxter.

The Devon side are fourth in the table and go to Wasps next as they look to bounce back from their European Challenge Cup defeat at Gloucester.

"In a lot of ways our next three Premiership games are almost knockout games," Baxter told BBC Spotlight.

"I don't want to say it but let's look at last week as a bit of a trial run for a game like this."

Baxter's side finish their season against Sale and must also play top-four rivals Saracens away from home as they look to make the end of season play-offs.

It will be Exeter's first visit to the Ricoh Arena, where Wasps played their first league match back in December after moving from their former home at Adams Park.

The ground was built predominantly as a football stadium and is used by League One side Coventry City.

"When you think of what happens at this time of year, particularly in the Champions Cup, the semi-finals often get moved to big football stadiums, so this is a great opportunity to experience this kind of thing," Baxter added.

"We can try and use last week's (Challenge Cup) semi-final almost as the foundation elements for this week's game.

"We're not fazed by it - at this time of year you have to be able to get on the bus and go to a different stadium and that should add to the experience and bring the best out of you."

Meanwhile, Irish forward Jerry Sexton has signed a one-year contract extension with the Chiefs.

The 22-year-old, who was brought in on an initial trial basis last August, has featured once in the Premiership this season.

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