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‘Everybody agreed we have been accountable for our personal shortcomings’

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter felt his aspect made exhausting work of seeing off battling Bristol following their 29-20 win at Sandy Park which took them high of the Gallagher Premiership desk.

Exeter dominated territory and possession, but it surely was nonetheless only a one-score sport going into the ultimate phases and a far cry from their one-sided dwelling victories over Saracens and Sale within the two earlier dwelling fixtures.

Rus Tuima, Ehren Painter, Tommy Wyatt and Josh Iosefa Scott scored Exeter’s tries, with Henry Slade kicking three conversions and a penalty.

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Full-back Wealthy Lane scored a hat-trick of tries for Bristol, remarkably all from cross-field kicks from Callum Sheedy, who added a penalty and a conversion.

Baxter mentioned: “We now have to ask ourselves, are they hurting us or are we hurting ourselves? And everybody agreed we have been accountable for our personal shortcomings.

“Towards Saracens and Sale, once we arrived we have been up for the problem and it by no means got here and in the present day I don’t suppose we have been fairly there from the beginning.

“We weren’t on the identical depth ranges and didn’t kick decisively sufficient, with all Bristol’s tries coming from double-up errors from us.

“We managed possession and territory and I’m happy that we battled by means of the troublesome bits within the sport.

“For our younger aspect, the learnings from this might be unimaginable.”

Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam was pissed off his aspect got here away with nothing, having squandered 10 factors on account of missed kicks.

Sheedy missed two conversions and a penalty and his alternative, James Williams, a last-minute sitter.

Lam mentioned: “I really feel for the boys as we positively deserved one thing from that sport in any case the trouble we put in.

“Exeter are flying down right here, however we left some factors on the market and profitable or dropping comes all the way down to little issues.

“I at all times believed we may win the sport as we knew there was area out extensive, with Callum) and Wealthy definitely executing nicely in that space.

“Within the second half we couldn’t get out of our half as we conceded penalty after penalty and that required a robust defensive set from us, which is one optimistic to take from the sport.

“Nonetheless goal-kicking is essential and final season we misplaced 4 Premiership video games within the final 5 minutes.

“We missed a golden alternative final week in opposition to Harlequins and in the present day we must always have gotten one thing from the sport so we may simply have 4 wins from 4.”

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