‘We can play better against Wasps’: Exeter boss Rob Baxter targets Premiership crown after winning European Champions Cup

  • Premiership side Exeter won the Champions Cup against Racing 92 on Saturday
  • Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Simmonds scored early tries for the Chiefs in Bristol
  • Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff replied but Harry Williams made it 21-12 at half-time
  • Camille Chat, Maxime Machenaud made it 28-27 before a Joe Simmonds penalty

Exeter have warned that the best is yet to come as they bid to secure a famous double in next weekend’s Premiership final against Wasps.

The new European champions will return to training on Monday as they look to follow their Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92.

Rob Baxter’s side held on for a narrow success at Ashton Gate and the coach said he wanted to see a step up at Twickenham.

Exeter can now complete a domestic and European double after winning the Champions Cup

Exeter can now complete a domestic and European double after winning the Champions Cup

‘We have got to enjoy the moment and the bus ride home and savour the feeling whilst we get out heads about moving on,’ said Baxter.

‘I’d like to think that today’s result, and not playing as well as we could, will free us up against Wasps and we can play better.

‘We got a bit cagey and we’d like to free ourselves up next week, but first I’m going to put today to bed and allow us to move on.’

Ollie Devoto was left ecstatic after a thrilling second half in which Racing fought back fiercely

Ollie Devoto was left ecstatic after a thrilling second half in which Racing fought back fiercely

With no fans allowed in to watch, tearful Baxter called his wife Jo from the pitch at full-time and added: ‘I’m a bit all over the place. I told her I would definitely be home tonight! She was pretty emotional and it made me a bit emotional.

‘We have been together a long time, my whole career, and she has seen the highs and lows. It was a special couple of minutes.

‘To start with she was just screaming at me in emotional joy and then we managed to have a few words and talked about the journey and it was a nice few minutes.’

Luke Cowan-Dickie (right) scores as the Chiefs claim an early lead against their depleted rivals

Luke Cowan-Dickie (right) scores as the Chiefs claim an early lead against their depleted rivals

Referee Nigel Owens (fourth from right) awards Exeter a second try, scored by Sam Simmonds

Referee Nigel Owens (fourth from right) awards Exeter a second try, scored by Sam Simmonds

Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff replied in a gripping final as Racing threatened to turn the tide

Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff replied in a gripping final as Racing threatened to turn the tide

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