Baxter refusing to be lulled into false security by Worcester's woes
at Sandy Park
Worcester may not have won a game yet this season but Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter is expecting a 'huge' challenge from the Warriors tomorrow.
Dean Ryan brings his side to Sandy Park with a record of six defeats and one draw from their games in all competitions this term.
That sees the Sixways outfit rooted to the bottom of the Aviva Premiership season, seven points adrift.
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Head coach Baxter knows that will mean the visitors – with five former Exeter players in their squad – will be desperate to record their first victory this weekend.
So he wants his own players to forget about their exploits in the Heineken Cup, which sees them topping Pool Two, and be as keen to win as their opponents on Saturday afternoon.
"Everyone's very aware the challenges of playing a team that's fighting away are huge," said Baxter.
"That's why I'm so determined to make sure the most important thing we do is not get too carried away or focused on what happened in the Heineken Cup, as far as I'm concerned that's done now.
"We have to flick that mental switch now because we know it's going to be a very important game for Worcester, but it's also a very important game for us.
"Nothing else but 100 per cent concentration and focus will do in the Premiership. We'll be looking to ram that home to the players."
Exeter's fantastic 29-12 win at Gloucester in their last league game saw them climb to sixth place in the Premiership before their two-week foray into Europe.
They will be looking to climb the table further over the next fortnight, with a game against fifth-placed Sale next Friday before they switch their attentions to the LV= Cup.
And Baxter hopes his players are excited about what they can achieve this season.
"Teams that claim to be ambitious and want to be involved in big games at the end of the season are good at this stage of the season," he said. "Coming out of the Heineken Cup they're tough and they make sure they get the results they need to keep the season alive.
"I want our players to be excited about every game they play because of how ambitious they are and where they want to go.
"I would be disappointed if a Premiership game at Sandy Park is not exciting for our players. Sometimes you have to re-focus on that.
"This is a Premiership game at Sandy Park, in front of our supporters, who are fantastic for us. We're in the Premiership – let's relish every moment."
Baxter divides a season into blocks of matches, with the latest one including the first two Heineken Cup games, the next two league matches and the first two Anglo-Welsh cup ties against Harlequins and Bath.
And he hopes his players can show how determined they are to have a good season by performing well and giving them a chance of success in all competitions.
Baxter said: "The next two rounds of the Premiership and the LV are very important games for us, they can make the season very exciting.
"At the moment the Premiership is exciting for us and the Heineken Cup is very exciting. Some good performances over the next month and the Premiership could be very exciting and the LV= Cup can be very exciting.
"We've got players returning from injury, our squad looks pretty thick at the minute and we should be looking forward to the next four weeks."