Rob Baxter feels Exeter Chiefs are still in excellent shape
GLASGOW WARRIORS 20 EXETER CHIEFS 16
EXETER CHIEFS head coach Rob Baxter admitted his side were undone by errors in their 20-16 Heineken Cup defeat at Glasgow Warriors – but insisted they are still in good shape to challenge holders Toulon for the sole Pool Two slot granting automatic entry to the last eight.
Baxter said: "Glasgow just controlled the ball a lit bit better at a couple of crucial times. We made a couple of errors under some high kicks and there you go, in a tight game it can be decided in one or two moments.
"I'm very pleased that we fought back in the end when the momentum of the game had got away from us. So to fight back and get a losing bonus point which keeps us level top of the group is great and gives us all to play for.
"I've just told our guys to look at the bigger picture. We're in a group with the European champions and have just come away from home to the leaders of the RaboDirect and we're hanging in there at the top.
"The important thing for us is to bounce through and understand that this was a very valuable point for us."
Glasgow skipper Al Kellock insists the Warriors do not need to regret handing Exeter a losing bonus point so long as they continue their recent run of success into the rest of their Cup campaign.
Gregor Townsend's men registered their first victory in this year's tournament by beating the Devon side at Scotstoun. Second-half tries from Tim Swinson and Tyrone Homes set up the win, but Dave Ewers' late scrambled effort for the Premiership team means Exeter claimed an extra point for losing by less than a converted try and joined Toulon at the top of Pool Two with six points.
Glasgow – who currently top the RaboDirect Pro12 with five wins out of five – sit level with Cardiff on five points but Kellock insisted his team's late slip has not put them under pressure in the race to qualify for the quarter-finals.
He said: "It's a great win but we're disappointed to have slipped up at the end and hand them a bonus point. However, it doesn't have to come back and haunt us.
"It's about us and making sure we are in the fight. It's about coming out of the back-to-back games against Cardiff in a good position."
In the other Pool Two game, Cardiff Blues produced a big upset after substitute Gareth Davies' late try floored European champions Toulon at the Arms Park on Saturday.
Just six days after the Blues leaked 44 points and were demolished by Exeter, they responded magnificently to revive their hopes of progressing. Davies struck two minutes from full-time following a blistering Cory Allen break, while Leigh Halfpenny kicked 11 points and Rhys Patchell slotted an early long-range penalty for a gripping 19-15 result.
Jonny Wilkinson booted five penalties for Toulon.