Exeter Chiefs: Richie Baxter set for 'passionate' Gloucester game

Exeter Chiefs forward Richie Baxter expects a highly-charged match against Gloucester on Saturday as his side look to secure a place in next season's Heineken Cup.

The Chiefs will be guaranteed a top-six finish if they beat Gloucester, who currently lie fifth, at Sandy Park.

"Gloucester will look to take the game to us, and we'll certainly try to take it to them," Baxter told BBC Spotlight.

"There's a lot riding on it, so it's obviously going to be very passionate."

It would be great to be able to finish fifth in the league again and secure a Heineken Cup spot

Richie Baxter

Baxter, who will retire after the game, added: "I think it's going to be a very attacking game of rugby. What's gone well for us over the last few weeks is taking the game to an opposition."

Gloucester are already guaranteed a Heineken Cup place for next season with seventh-placed Bath unable to catch the side.

However, Exeter - who will fail to qualify if Bath win and they lose - could leapfrog Gloucester into fifth place if they secure a bonus-point win on the final weekend of the Premiership season, or beat Gloucester by more than seven points.

And 34-year-old Baxter, brother of Chiefs head coach Rob, added that the pace within the Gloucester ranks means his side will need to up their work rate to deal with the potential threat.

"It's about being alert and switched on across the pitch and working hard to cover each other," said Baxter.

"These guys are quick but we've got to be there hunting in numbers with a real work rate and we've also got to be taking the game to them as well.

"It would be great to be able to finish fifth in the league again and secure a Heineken Cup spot.

"But it's not the be-all and end-all. The most important thing is staying in the Premiership, because that gives you the chance to get into these cups."