Opposition view: Exeter youngsters will learn from Saints loss, says Baxter

Rob Baxter felt Sunday's defeat at Saints was a lesson for Exeter Chiefs' young players.
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Exeter, who had secured impressive bonus-point wins at home to Saracens, Sale Sharks and Bristol Bears at the start of the new Gallagher Premiership season, were well beaten at the Gardens.

Saints secured a bonus-point success of their own, bagging a 34-19 victory on home soil.

And Baxter said: "Our individual errors killed us a little bit, whereas Northampton did not make them and that is our learn.

Rob Baxter (right) saw his side suffer defeat to Saints (photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)Rob Baxter (right) saw his side suffer defeat to Saints (photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Rob Baxter (right) saw his side suffer defeat to Saints (photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

“Those young players, many of whom are just five games into their Premiership careers, these are occasions where you learn.

“Coming to Northampton on a wet Sunday is not easy, but I am not going to criticise their physical endeavour because we turned up, we leathered into the game and at the end we are still trying to chase the bonus-point try which, had we got, would have been a good result given the scenario of the game.

“The problem with us picking up those wins we have, the focus changes with a lot of people.

"In reality, these are still young players learning their way and that is what I need to keep reminding people of.

“They are going to make mistakes and, if those individual mistakes all happen in one game, things fall apart quite quickly.

"If only one or two of our guys make mistakes, that would have been a very close game of rugby.”

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