Exeter tackle Saracens within the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday
Rob Baxter accepts that Exeter might want to get “lots of little things right” within the quest for Gallagher Premiership title glory.
Exeter and Saracens – the highest two groups by a proverbial mile following English rugby’s 22-game common league season – go head-to-head at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Chiefs will contest a fourth successive Premiership remaining, whereas Saracens are chasing a European and home double after profitable the Heineken Champions Cup earlier this month.
English rugby’s showpiece event pitches Exeter and Saracens collectively for a 3rd time within the final 4 seasons, and Chiefs rugby director Baxter is relishing one other tilt at silverware.
“We are aware there are going to be challenges all over the field, and we are going to have to play very well, but we feel we are where you need to be at this stage of the season,” he mentioned.
“We do not appear to be a bunch of gamers who’re seeing the season out. We appear to be a bunch of gamers which can be nonetheless accelerating.
“Our performances over the past couple of weeks have proven enchancment, they have not proven tiredness or fatigue.
“There isn’t a doubt Saracens have gotten good gamers. I am not going to sit down right here and say they’ve a easy game-plan, as a result of that’s simply so condescending, it is scary.
“Making issues look easy comes all the way down to working very exhausting and being excellent at what they do.
“There’s a actuality that they have guys who’re very accustomed and excellent at operating very exhausting off the ball and creating momentum.
“I do not see there being one large space the place we have now obtained to get it proper, I see plenty of particular person battles proper throughout the sphere. Each second the clock is ticking, we’re going to need to be excellent.”
Saracens beat Exeter within the 2016 Premiership remaining, then repeated the feat a 12 months in the past, wrestling the title off a Chiefs aspect that had gained it by means of toppling Wasps 12 months beforehand.
It was a complete victory final season, with Saracens scoring 4 tries on their strategy to a 27-10 success.
Baxter added: “The one factor we have now targeted on is to not play the sport too early.
“Massive video games come round comparatively hardly ever, and one of many hardest issues to do is to get your preparation proper, however with out getting over-emotive about issues.
“We have now turn out to be method wiser. You needn’t see guys operating round with frowns on their faces, slugging it out with one another each minute over the past week of the season.
“Sure, it is coaching with high quality, but additionally with the ability to chill out on the proper time and being intense on the proper time.
“It was good to see them (Exeter gamers) upset and a bit indignant final 12 months, as a result of that confirmed a development from us as a membership from the primary remaining.
“Then the second 12 months, we took that subsequent step and gained, and the third 12 months you possibly can simply inform it wasn’t OK simply to be there.
“We had some gamers who have been brazenly fairly ready to place their hand up and say they hadn’t performed in addition to they might have preferred to play, or anticipated to play.
“What we have got to do in this final is to see how much we have moved on.”