Baxter ‘all over the place’ after emotional Exeter win

“When we had to, we saw it through”: Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter celebrates Chiefs’ 31-27 win over Racing 92 in European Champions Cup final

Last Updated: 17/10/20 9:46pm

Exeter boss Rob Baxter called his wife to say he was a 'bit all over the place'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter called his wife to say he was a ‘bit all over the place’

Rob Baxter admitted his emotions were “all over the place” after Exeter’s thrilling European Champions Cup final victory against Racing 92.

Exeter were crowned kings of Europe for the first time following a 31-27 success at Ashton Gate that saw the teams share eight tries before Chiefs captain Joe Simmonds settled the nerves with an 80th-minute penalty.

Jack Nowell, Don Armand and Dave Ewers celebrate winning the Champions Cup for the first time
Jack Nowell, Don Armand and Dave Ewers celebrate winning the Champions Cup for the first time

There was even a pause before the final whistle following Simmonds’ penalty as officials checked whether there was any time left to still be played, but referee Nigel Owens blew and Exeter could celebrate.

Finn Russell (L) and Stuart Hogg share a beer after the final
Finn Russell (L) and Stuart Hogg share a beer after the final

“My emotions are all over the place, really,” Exeter rugby director Baxter said. “It was a funny game, wasn’t it?

“It kind of wasn’t an Exeter Chiefs type of game, yet we ended up winning it. We didn’t really piece the game together at all, really.

“In some ways, it was some of our poorest attack and poorest defence of the season. The occasion itself was a little bit different to some of the other things we have experienced.

With no crowds allowed, players like Jonny Hill had to do with phone calls to share the news of winning the Champions Cup
With no crowds allowed, players like Jonny Hill had to do with phone calls to share the news of winning the Champions Cup

“But when we had to, we saw it through. We won the game by four points on the scoreboard, and that is pretty much what people will ever remember in three or four years’ time.

“We’ve had our first go at a European semi-final and a final, and we’ve won them both. It is great for this group of players.”

A tearful Baxter called his wife Jo at full-time from the pitch after the behind-closed-doors final, and he added: “I’m a bit all over the place.

Jack Nowell also takes a moment on his phone after the win
Jack Nowell also takes a moment on his phone after the win

“I told her I would definitely be home tonight! She was pretty emotional, and it made me a bit emotional.

“We have been together a long time – my whole career – and she has seen the highs and lows. It was a special couple of minutes.

“To start with she was just screaming at me in emotional joy, and then we managed to have a few words and talked about the journey and it was a nice few minutes.”

Exeter will complete a domestic and European double – a feat achieved by only three other English clubs – if they beat Wasps in next Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership title showdown.

Source : Sky Sports