Rob Baxter eyes more advantage than just home play-off

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has masterminded the Chiefs' Aviva Premiership play-off push
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has masterminded the Chiefs' Aviva Premiership play-off push
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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter stated that his team is determined to put on a spirited show irrespective of whether they get a home play-off or not in the ongoing season of Aviva Premiership.

With 12 wins from 19 games, Exeter have already booked a berth in the semi-final along with Wasps and Saracens. They have 69 points, five behind table toppers Wasps and one more than third placed Saracens.

As the battle for the home play-offs heats up, Baxter wants his team to focus on the process leading to the game and more importantly execute the plans well.

"You always want to finish as high as you can, but we are not wrapped up in a home semi-final being the be-all or end-all for us," Baxter said.

"We've gone a lot of games unbeaten now, and half of those have been away from home, so that part doesn't worry me.

"What I am more concerned about is how we train day by day, how we go into each game, the quality we show, are we still looking like we're on the upward curve physically?

"Whether that (play-off) ends up being home or away, it's not the biggest issue to me.

"I would love it to be at home, but primarily because it's a reward for the players and our supporters more than anything else. But we are in the top four, we are in the semi-finals and it's going to be a huge game."

Exeter Chiefs are currently on a 12-match unbeaten streak and are slated to take on Harlequins, Northampton Saints and Gloucester in the remainder of the league stage.

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