Exeter Chiefs: Rob Baxter wants good home form to continue

Rob Baxter

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter wants his side to continue their impressive home form against London Irish on Saturday.

Chiefs have won three of their last four games and have lost just twice at home in the Premiership this season.

"It's really exciting to be fighting for positive things at this time of the season," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon.

"We've got a really good record at home and we want to extend that until the end of the season."

Exeter beat London Irish 27-23 in the reverse fixture in November but, like Chiefs, the Exiles have won three of their last four games and Baxter is wary of the threat they pose.

"They've fought their way out of the relegation battle really well and are in a pretty nice position now," he added.

"When they play they are a very good rugby side and can be very dangerous.

"We've got to hope our ambition outweighs their ambition as there is a little more on it for us."

Eighth-placed Exeter are looking to qualify for the Heineken Cup for the second consecutive year, something Baxter feels is achievable.

"We're within touching distance of the Heineken Cup again and if we perform well we will hopefully get there," he insisted.

"We've been able to work on a couple of extra things in training by having a week off and get the odd body back from injury.

"We have three games left and we're in with a good fight. It's not entirely in our hands and the upcoming fixtures will be very important to us."